I stumbled across Blackhawk Memorial Park after a thorough Googling of where to camp near Chicago. A mere 2.5 hours away from home, this secluded park and the surrounding community was everything I was looking for. Namely, it was a perfect balance of desolate, beautiful and downright creepy.
After scouting camping spots, we picked this one almost entirely because of the ominous “BLOODY LAKE” sign right next to it. It turned out the bloodiest thing about the lake was the insane mosquito population. Also it wasn’t really a lake, more of a swamp but whatever, totally worth it.
Nearby there’s a memorial commemorating the battle that happened here in 1832. I wasn’t too thrilled to read that 11 Kickapoo people were brutally killed here to make the land more “habitable” for settlers (this is according the memorial, Wikipedia has a more detailed account.)
The building below looked like it used to house livestock. The floor was littered with bones of (presumably) animals, which was pretty disconcerting.
I like creepy, abandoned things. If you know of somewhere that seems cool, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!