Is the Old Tooele Hospital Haunted?

The hospital that will be discussed in this post has a long and storied history. The part we are most interested in is the ghost ones, of course. We want to know is the Old Tooele Hospital haunted?

 Old Tooele Hospital

Location: Tooele, Utah

The original portion of the hospital was constructed in 1873 by Samuel F. Lee as his family home but by 1913 it had been added on to and it became the County Poor House.

The building has been used in two movies in the past. Those movies were, “The World’s Fastest Indian” (2005) starring Anthony Hopkins, and the mini-series, “The Stand” (1994) based on Stephen King’s novel and starring Gary Sinise. read more

Byberry Mental Hospital

Byberry Mental Hospital

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Byberry Mental Hospital holds a special place in history. Images taken there highlighted the need for changes to be made in the treatment and housing of the mentally ill. Byberry is where many conscientious objectors worked during WWII. One of those CO’s was a compassionate man named Charlie Lord. Charlie Lord would sneak a camera into the hospital and he captured 36 photographs that were later published in Life magazine in May 1946. “The photos reminded the American people of photos from Nazi Concentration Camps. So it created a kind of mass uproar, nationally.” (npr.org) read more

Danvers State Insane Asylum

Danvers State Lunatic Asylum

Location: Danvers, Massachusetts (aka Salem Village until 1752)

According to the historyofmassachusetts.org, the Danvers State Lunatic Asylum was built between 1874 and 1878. The land on which it was built is called Hathorne Hill after Judge John Hathorne of the Salem Witch Trials who had lived there. The land was purchased from a farmer, Francis Dodge, in the 1870s. It cost $1.5 million to build the asylum at a time when America was still recovering from their Civil War. Over time approximately 40 buildings went up to house TB patients, staff, the medical building, machine shops, two nursing homes, a pump house, cemetery, and cottages, many were connected by underground tunnels. read more

Alton Mental Health Hospital

Alton Mental Health Hospital

Location: Alton, Illinois

In 1916 forty patients moved into the hospital prior to its opening in 1917. The hospital continued to grow in response to the needs of the surrounding area and by the 1930s  the hospital had opened a ward for WWI veterans, another for civilian men, another for women and a separate ward as a Tuberculosis Sanitarium. The 1940s brought electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) into fashion for those suffering from mental illness. The 1950s saw the practice of lobotomies used on the mentally ill. read more

Is Alcatraz Haunted?

Is Alcatraz haunted?

In 1775, the island was named La Isla de los Alcatraces (Island of the Pelicans) by a Spanish explorer, Juan Manuel de Ayala. In 1850 American President Millard Fillmore reserved the island that is located in the San Francisco Bay (about 1.5 miles from San Francisco) for military use. A fortress with 100 cannons was built to protect the San Francisco Bay as was the first operational lighthouse on the west coast. The island was also used by the military as a prison. In the early 1900s, the military inmates built the 600 cell-structure that still stands to this day. Construction was completed around 1912. read more