The Mineral Springs Hotel in 1938.

A Haunted Location for a Book Shop?


John J. Dunphy

Author’s note: From 1992 to 2002, my book store was located in a former hotel that had been converted into a mall — and was supposedly haunted. I wrote this column for the 3/10/02 edition of The [Alton, IL] Telegraph.

John J. Dunphy is the author of any number of books including Abolitionism and the Civil War in Southwestern Illinois and From Christmas to Twelfth Night in Southern Illinois. He owns The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, Illinois.