117 Fort Dearborn

Chicago in 1856 - 2nd fort Dearborn

Does Fort Dearborn Haunt Chicago?

Does Fort Dearborn haunt Chicago? In this episode Pat and Rebecca are joined by fan-favorite Mondo – be sure to stick around until the end for his latest Ghostly song. They explore the history and hauntings of Fort Dearborn and the Battle of Fort Dearborn. Once located in the heart of what would become Chicago, the story of the fort is the story of the city. It’s also the story of its first ghosts. Or is it?  Listen and vote!

Questions Explored in this Episode

When did white settlers first show up in the Chicago area? Why was Fort Dearborn built? Who were the major players of the beginning of Chicago and of the fort? Why did the settlers abandon the area and what caused the Potawatomi tribe to attack? What happened to the fort after the attack? How many forts were there? What ghosts haunt the site of the massacre? Are there ghosts at the main site? What ghosts haunt downtown that are associated with the fort?


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History of Fort Dearborn

Pat explores the history of Chicago through the history of the fort. Mondo adds his own understanding of the area’s waterways.

The Debate

Pat, Mondo and Rebecca debate if the fort is haunted. Some see soldiers at the site of the Fort Dearborn Massacre. Some see ghosts at the site of the fort itself. And others see the ghost of John Lalime, who was killed by John Kinzie, at the old Excalibur nightclub.

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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Dearborn
Genealogytrails: http://genealogytrails.com/ill/cook/ftdearborn.html
ChicagoMag.com: https://www.chicagomag.com/chicago-magazine/december-2009/the-true-story-of-the-deadly-encounter-at-fort-dearborn/
Chicago Tribune – https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-fort-dearborn-anniversary-20120812-story.html
Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/52346/52346-h/52346-h.htm
Windy City Ghosts: https://windycityghosts.com/fort-dearborn/
Abandoned Places: https://abandonedway.com/2021/12/chicagos-oldest-ghosts-at-haunted-fort-dearborn/?amp=1
The Ghosts of Prairie Avenue – https://ghostcitytours.com/chicago/haunted-chicago/prairie-avenue/ Streetwise – https://www.streetwise.org/magazine/haunted-chicago/
MG Group: https://mggroupchicago.com/chicagos-spookiest-historic-sites/
Haunted Places: https://www.hauntedplaces.org/item/site-of-fort-dearborn/
YouTube – Chicago Magazine – “5 Most Haunted Places in Chicago Explained by a Ghost Expert and a Historian”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=IFJ-Wt6VDzI