The GRS was the first and only team to have ever investigated this location!
Located at: 95th Street and Kean Avenue, Hickory Hills, IL.
Hauntings: At that intersection, some
very unusual ghostly occurrences have been reported.
There have been many reports of ghostly animals and riders attempting to
cross the intersection after dark; long after the nearby horse stables have
closed. One occasion, a husband and
wife were traveling eastbound on
the time of these accidents, there were only stop signs on
Many people who ride their horses in that area often comment that their mounts become quite agitated near this particular area. However, another ghost may have spooked their steeds. Located very near the northern riding trail is a small gravestone dedicated to Felix the firedog. He was a mascot of a local fire department and never missed a signal fire alarm. Felix was credited with saving many lives and actually was taught to climb ladders! Could his ghost also haunt that intersection? There have been isolated reports of a canine seen in the vicinity during the years when many of these accidents occurred. Was Felix trying to warn both the horses and riders about the danger of crossing the street? A small porcelain photograph now adorns the gravesite.
Felix was assigned to Engine 25 near 22nd and Canalport in Chicago which was later demolished to make room for the Dan Ryan Expressway. Felix was born in 1910 and grew to be a medium-sized mutt, not a Dalmatian, mostly brown in color with some black and white patches covering his coat. He served the majority of his career with horse-drawn fire engines but later adapted well to the new fangled engine apparatus. He was attributed to saving lives including those of his fellow firefighters one afternoon when they couldn't find a way out. Felix wandered off, came back barking and led them all to safety! He would also bark furiously if anyone were still alive in a burning building.
1926, while at the scene of a fire, Felix was struck and killed by a car in the
line of duty. Felix was waked in the firehouse surrounded by an elaborate $400
floral arrangement. A solid mahogany casket was donated by the owner of Karpen
Furniture Company, J.B. Locke. The entire neighborhood mourned Felix so much
that the schools were closed so that children could attend the service. Six
children, three boys and three girls, served as pallbearers with tears streaming
down their face as they walked their friend to his final resting place. Eight
automobiles and over 20 firefighters traveled from Engine 25 to the northwest
corner of Kean Avenue and 95th Street where the wooden casket was interred. The
chief of Engine 25 chose to bury Felix in the Palos Forest Preserve because it
was on his way to his parent's home and obtained a special permit to bury him
there. A granite headstone donated by the Wunderlich Company reads: "Felix
No. 25 C.F.D."
Eventually a more fitting tribute, a bronze sculpture on a cement pedestal funded largely through donations and former GRS member Darlene Fillis. She was only able to collect about $2,000 for a project costing over $10,000 however the monument was dedicated at a special ceremony on July 19, 1988. The 52-inch tall statue of Felix appropriately portrays Felix four times his size and now stands on the grounds of the Palos Police Department.
The Ghost Research Society first investigated the 95th & Kean Ave. on September 18, 1982. Team members included: Dale Kaczmarek, Stephanie Willis with help from Pat Shenberg of the Illinois Society for Psychic Research.
In September of 1982, Ghost Research Society members visited the site with a gifted psychic, Pat Shenberg, who was able to tune into the tragic events that had occurred there. While no apparitions were seen or photographed, it became quite apparent that the area is still psychically charged and will remain so for many years to come. Below is a psychic transcript of that afternoon:
at investigation: Dale Kaczmarek,
Stephanie Willis and psychic Pat Shenberg of the Illinois Society for Psychic
used: Two 35mm SLR cameras and portable
cassette tape recorder.
used: One camera was equipped with 400
ASA color slide film and the other was equipped with Panatomac X black and white
print film which is extremely sensitive to the ultraviolet end of the spectrum.
picked up at least two deaths at that intersection. One girl who was killed and
another young man who was dragged by a horse. At least one horse was also killed
there as well. She also saw the image of the firehouse dog, Felix, who acted as
guardian to warn riders about potential dangers. Nothing conclusive turned up on
either film. Apparently either the apparitions were not strong enough to
materialize on film or as Pat said, they might have been suspended in a time
span of sorts.
somebody that was hit on a horse. I think one person died, the other person was
dragged. One horse died.
you pick up any time or year?
I think. Wait; let me look at the cars. Early 60s, Iíd say.
you pick up any names or victims? Male or female?
think a girl died. I donít know if the guy died, I think his horse dragged
him. A horse died here too.
Was it a hit and run, or did they stop?
would have to be. What I see is the car hitting the horse and the girl falling
on the pavement. Right there is where it happened. (Indicating the west side of
Kean near the center of 95th Street) The dog is here.
kind of dog was it?
Dalmatian. The reason you guys keep looking down is because heís running
around your feet. The dog.
he always stay here?
runs around this open area here and barks at the cars.
he bothered by anything that goes on around here?
I think he tries to stop these horses from getting into positions where those
riders could be killed.
in recent years, have been seeing phantom horsemen.
horse stumbled on the street and the rider fell off and so did the girl. Nobody
knows that for sure? Thatís not a historical fact then?
itís on record in the police department. There have been a number of people
that have been struck and killed. A lot of riding stables through here.
other person that I see was dragged across the street by the horse. One was run
over by a car. I donít see how a car could run over a horse, but I guess you
one who was dragged by the horse, did he get scared of something?
of? Did the dog possibly do something?
This dog was a very good dog and his evolutionary scale was that any animal that
would come up to him would recognize that he was there to help people or other
animals so they would not be frightened by him. They would know that
automatically. Just like I knew that. Thatís kind of neat. Was he a Dalmatian?
believe so. Heís right down here. (This is before I had done extensive
research on the Felix story) How tall of a dog is he?
about this tall. (Indicating about knee high) Actually heís pulling on my
pants. I donít see my pants move, but in my head I do. So thatís weird. How
can something move and doesnít move in our dimension? But somewhere it does.
Very strange the way those things work. Everything has an etheric body, even my
pants do. So perhaps thatís what it was.
I might get anything if I shoot around this area?
donít know. Let me look over here and see what kind ofÖ Why donít you go
down there and take a picture of me. My dog died once, an Irish Setter, I had.
My kids saw the dog die in the street. They came into the house and said, ma the
dog is dead. I turned around and said, no he isnít , heís right here. Just
like that, the dog was from the street to the house. The soul.
he react to that dog barking there?
wagging his tail and panting. Here comes some more horses, this should be very
interesting now. He went to the edge of the street and followed the horses all
the way around the edge of the street.
he at now?
call him. Heíll come back here.
a protector then?
yeah, that was his job in life. Tell me when youíre ready. Heís over by Dale
now. Heís over there by you.
Iíll get him over here. When I raise my hand, and then take your picture.
he at? Sort of off to one side?
here. (Indicating to Patís right side)í
you pick up anything out there at all?
Across the street?
that someone was dragged by a horse over there.
donít see anything though, you sense it?
I see it.
I might pick up anything over there?
think Iím looking at a time span again. I donít know if you can see those
with a camera. I think I actually have to see the vibrations of something;
physical energy and I donít see that.
give it a shot. Never know.
where the manure is in the street (laughs). If you donít get anything,
youíll get the manure. Thatís where the girl was killed and not far from
there he was dragged. Young man. I think the apparition that they are talking
about is the girl.
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