Could he be guarding lodge secrets?
Cairo, Illinois is at the crossroads of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.
The historic old river town might be a tad bit mysterious.
But paranormal investigators and locals alike say that’s part of the charm.
Heartland Weekend’s Nichole Cartmell takes you inside Cairo’s Masonic Lodge, one of the most unique in the country.
The History of Cairo’s Masonic Lodge
The lodge was built in 1924. At that time, it had more than 800 members.
Past Master Allan Lang says people probably rode by horseback to attend meetings then.
Today, folks are still visiting.
“People from all over, I couldn’t tell you all the places that people have came from here to see this lodge,” Lang said. “And everybody that always comes back that have been to other lodges they’ve never been in one quite as unique as this one.”
With 24-foot ceilings, intricate architecture, and deep tradition, the Masonic Lodge in Cairo is a must see.
But, some wonder if it’s haunted.
“I’ve been here and it sounds like footsteps, you can’t rule that out.”
Paranormal investigators agree, there seems to be something strange going on inside the lodge.
The Little Egypt Ghost Society was called in to investigate.
Lead Investigator Bruce Cline says they we documenting the building.
When he went to review the photos on his digital camera, the photos he had just taken were mysteriously missing.
“I’d leave the room where I took the photos to go to another area, the photos were erased from the camera equipment and it wasn’t just mine, it was other cameras too that failed,” Cline said.
The belief: the spirit of a past master could still be lurking.
His name is Harry August Eichoff, born in 1864. He died in 1937 and his funeral service was held inside the lodge on the second floor.
Maybe he’s guarding classified information.
In his book “History, Mystery and Hauntings of Southern Illinois,” Cline wrote:
“It seemed like the spirits at the Masonic Lodge did not want us to leave with any photos on our cameras. ‘My theory is that since I am a Master Mason and swore a ‘blood oath’ not to reveal secrets of the Masonic Lodge, the spirit of Harry would not let me break my oath by revealing any secrets with my camera.”
While you’re in Cairo, Cline suggests you also make a visit to the A.B. Safford Memorial Library, which is allegedly haunted by a ghost known as “Toby.”