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Your question about the "truth" of whether or not the hotel is haunted has been one that has been asked for many years. It depends on who you ask. There have been ghost hunters at the hotel who say that there are spirits and orbs found in the hotel and around the pond. People who have lived at the hotel and/or visited it frequently when it was inhabited will tell you that they never experienced any ghosts on site. I personally have never experienced any ghosts in all my visits to the hotel, but did take a picture that might have an orb - or a speck of dust - or light reflection on it - near the pond, so it depends on who you ask. But that said, the site is closed to the public year round, and the ground level of the hotel is only open during the open house. b This year - October 16th, 2011, Sunday, 10 - 4.

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I was just curious if vishnu is haunted because i had a friend that claimed to have done a report for high school and he said that this place was haunted. So I was just wanting the truth on this, and i would be very interested if it was.

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The Friends of Vishnu are acting in good faith to do the best we can to support the Ira and Reath T. Post Wildlife Sanctuary - aka Vishnu Springs. The site is owned by the WIU Foundation and they have the final say-so on what happens on the grounds. While it may seem that the monies donated at the last two open houses have not been utilized to help redo the hotel, that is not entirely true. Our mission is to help maintain and preserve the hotel AND ground surrounding the hotel. In order to rehab the hotel, it is going to take a LOT more money than what has been raised at the open houses. The Friends have done a great job of educating the public on what Vishnu was/is/hopes to be in the future and in obtaining access to the site so that people can come and visit it. Yes the site is a wildlife sanctuary, which was the original wish of the donor. Yes, several university departments have and are using the site for different kinds of scientific studies, but those studies are being done with their funds, not fund raised at the open houses. The Friends have worked with the caretaker to keep the hotel boarded up so that vandals can't get in and destroy the hotel anymore than it already is. If you come to the open house, you will see what vandals have done to it already. And most importantly, yes it is a historic site in the county. But, again it is going to take a big sum of money and university support to restore or refurbish the site. I hope that this has answered some of the questions posed here. I have tried to answer each posting and/or email which has been sent to this site since it was started. Currently I am away from the internet and only checking it every four or five days - so if you have other questions I can try to answer or find an answer to, I'll do so next time I'm on the internet. Otherwise, we hope to see you on the 16th or October.

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I am so glad to see so many people interested in vishnu hopefully we can accomplish improvements on the old hotel and find out why there has been so much funding going to the biology lab at wiu

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