Spooky Marion is Seeking Creepy True Stories for an Upcoming Project

As a boy growing up on Silver Street in the ’80s, I had a neighbor – a nice older guy – who I found out years later had been involved in a murder-for-hire scheme. A friend of mine living out in Caledonia once woke up in the night to see someone in a bunny mask peering into his bedroom. With stories like these in mind, I’m looking for the creepiest real-life experiences you’ve ever had (or heard) in Marion County. Send me a message at spooks@spookymarion.com so that we can arrange an interview.

-Josh Simpkins

Marion’s Ruins, Part III

Back in 2013 when I put together the photos that would become Marion’s Ruins: A Photo Essay, I never imagined I would at some point have enough photos for a part two let alone a part three. But here I am with a few more, some of them recent and some of them a few years old.

Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of discussion about why we find abandoned houses and crumbling building so fascinating. Personally, I think images like these are symbolically powerful in that they remind us that all of our endeavors - indeed, all of us – are ultimately at nature’s mercy. Being reminded of this is both profound and a little, well, spooky.

If you know any additional information or stories about these properties, please feel free to comment below!

- Josh Simpkins

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An abandoned house located near the corner of Irvin Shoots and Goodnow Road.
Of course, the Huber Building on the corner of Prospect and Center Street is well-known in Marion. Constructed by Marion industrialist Edward Huber in 1903, the building has been home to a variety of businesses over the years. The property is currently being developed into lofts by Lois Fisher and Associates.
Of course, the Huber Building on the corner of Prospect and Center Street is well-known in Marion. Constructed by Marion industrialist Edward Huber in 1903, the building has been home to a variety of businesses over the years. The property is currently being developed into lofts by Lois Fisher and Associates. This image is courtesy of Mike Crane who has an outstanding collection of old Marion postcards and photos which you can see on his website.
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As the renovations in the Huber building are ongoing, there are still areas of the building where signs of former tenants remain.
An abandoned house on Wilson Avenue.
An abandoned house on Wilson Avenue.
Located on the corner of Mt. Olive-Agosta and Mt. Olive-Green Camp Roads, this church dates back to 1893 and hosted a Methodist congregation until 1991.
Located on the corner of Mt. Olive-Agosta and Mt. Olive-Green Camp Roads, this Methodist church dates back to 1893 and hosted a congregation until 1991.
Currently, the former church is privately owned and facing an uncertain future.
Currently, the former church is privately owned and facing an uncertain future.
An abandoned house on Quarry Street.
An abandoned house on Quarry Street.
New Bloomington School was constructed in 1916. The school became part of the Elgin Consolidated School District in 1960. In 1975 the building was no longer being used for instruction but was
New Bloomington School was constructed in 1916 and became part of the Elgin Consolidated School District in 1960. By 1975 the building was only being used to house administrative offices. However, after these offices relocated to Kenner Road, the building fell into a state of disrepair.
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New Bloomington School in 2014. In February of 2016, three teenagers were arrested for setting a fire inside the building.
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An abandoned house near the Corner of Owens Road and Route 423.
Located on the relatively obscure Showers Road north of town, this former one room schoolhouse is currently being used to shelter farm animals. It dates back to 1896.
Located on the relatively obscure Showers Road north of town, this former one-room schoolhouse is currently being used to shelter farm animals. It dates back to 1896.
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On a personal note, this abandoned house on Fountain Street is a real heart-breaker. It used to belong to my aunt and uncle, and I have a lot of good memories of cookouts and hayrides there. I recently heard that someone was attempting to fix the place back up. I hope they succeed.