Blood’s Point is one of those locations that is well known to locals but has, to my knowledge, never been included in any book on Illinois ghostlore (actually, I recently learned that William Gorman writes about it in his book Ghost Whispers – ed.). The road and cemetery of the same name are home to a cornucopia of stories and myths, each one a variant or twist on the last.
The name of the road itself is enough to excite one’s imagination. What kind of event would leave such a name upon the landscape? A gruesome murder or massacre? An ancient battle? Unfortunately, its origins are actually quite mundane. According to The Past and Present of Boone County, Illinois (1877), Blood’s Point was named after a prominent local family, the Bloods. Arthur Blood was the first white settler in Flora Township; a pleasant area that derived its name from the abundance of flower-covered fields.
One could say that ever since its christening, the area has been stained by Blood (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Both the Shadowlands Index of Haunted Places and Hauntedrockford.webs.com contain a myriad of tales relating to the cemetery and the railroad bridge that lies about a mile to the west. The road itself is said to be patrolled by phantom vehicles, most notably an old pickup truck, but also a big rig and a disappearing cop car.
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Legends and Lore of Illinois Vol. 2 Digital Edition
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