Fort Dearborn

Chicago IL

Haunted Chicago/Fort Dearborn
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Before there was a Chicago

The oldest haunting of Chicago took place even before the city was built. During the War of 1812, Fort Dearborn stood where Wells Street currently lies. The American inhabitants were in the process of evacuating the fort due to the Potawotamie Indian allies of the British, and as they fled, the retreating Americans were attacked by the Potawotamie.

In all, 148 people, 12 of which were children, were brutally killed by tomahawks in the hand-to-hand combat. Ghostly images are repeatedly reported in images taken around Wells Street and are believed to be the souls of the slain.

Next time you're on Wells Street, look out for the numerous plaques around the city that outline where the fort once stood. Oh, and be sure to take an extra look at the photos you snapped, because you may have captured a ghost!

Haunted Chicago

Fort Dearborn

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