By Sheila Shafer
Quarters One (also known as Building 301) is the residence of the highest-ranking officer on the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi River. At 51 rooms and 21,965 square feet, Quarters One is the second-largest federal residence in the United States, behind the White House.
Work begun on Quarters One by General Thomas S. Rodman in 1870 and was completed in 1872 by Major Flagler. The home was built for the purpose of providing quarters for the highest-ranking officer as well as providing space for official gatherings and functions. The building was designed in the Italianate style. The first major gathering held in the residence was in 1871 for the funeral of General Rodman. Over the years, many dignitaries and notable personalities stayed at the residence including Charles Lindberghin 1927 and King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden in 1996. In 2006, the Army decided to discontinue its use as a residence. Tours are offered occasionally, and the Army is currently exploring other uses for the building.
Rock Island Paranormal was the FIRST Paranormal Group allowed on The Rock Island Arsenal and the first Paranormal Group to investigate Quarters One.
Our team was contacted in 2008 because the current occupant in Quarters One was experiencing "paranormal activity" ranging from doors opening and closing themselves, Windows opening and closing on their own, hearing heavy footsteps and moving furniture on 3rd floor, having items moved in certain rooms of the house, hearing people talking when they were the only ones home, etc.
So we were unable to investigate until 2009 due to complications with the commanding officer.
Since 2009 we have conducted countless hours of investigations inside this massive mansion and here is what we found:
There are SEVERAL claims of activity and we will just tell you floor by floor starting in the basement and working our way up to the tower.
Some evidence that has been captured in Quarters One can be found on Rock Island Paranormals YouTube channel. View the video below:
This location is open to the public, but not on a daily basis.
Rock Island Paranormal runs Paranormal Dinner tours throughout the year as well as hosting several public investigations for a small fee. Please Visit the events section on Rock Island Paranormal's facebook page for dates and times.