Submitted by: seedsofchaos
Last updated by: hapyangel
Last updated on : 3/12/2013
Lebanon Road and the "Gates of Hell"
Lebanon, Il 62234
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Lat: 38.670098 Long: -89.810658 (beginning of the road starting in Lebanon, IL)
Lebanon Road is the primary road on the backroads of St. Clair county and Madison county Illinois. This road is host to many active and abandoned concrete railroad crossings that cross over various points of the road. There are, in all, 7 actual concrete structures that you can drive your car through and several other minor or lessor gates/bridges (I have some photographed and posted on this page).
Not all of the "Gates of Hell" are located directly on this road and there is no way of actually going through all 7 without backtracking at least a little bit. If you can find a way that you can, please let the moderator know.
I will try to get exact directions so that you can go through all 7 in one trip.
To get to the start of the road, though, you can take Route 4 north from Lebanon Illinois until you reach Lebanon road after about five miles. It will be on the left hand side of Route 4. If you don't want to travel the entire stretch, though, and want to get right to the tunnels then you need to travel north on Scott Troy Road from O'Fallon until you see Lebanon Road on the left hand side of the street. There will be a church nearby the entrace to the road (if I remember correctly) and you should see the street sign to let you know you are on the right road. Going down the road, I believe there are at least 4 "gates" on Lebanon Road alone. If you do venture onto this road at night, please, be careful as there are plenty of twists and turns.
There are, of course, many legends that surround this road and many of these backroads. Many things have happened on these roads. I know that several auto related deaths have occured on these roads and one suicide that I know of.
Also are the urban legends concerning these roads that if you pass through all seven and the seventh at the stroke of midnight or at the stroke of 3am then you will be whisked off to hell. I've never had my timing right but be sure this is a legend and nothing but.
FOR THOSE WANTING TO VENTURE OUT THIS SAMHAIN/HALLOWEEN OUT TO THE "GATES OF HELL" I HAVE CREATED A GOOGLE MAP WITH THE LOCATION OF ALL SEVEN GATES. PLEASE BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE. HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE!
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