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Haunted hospital draws in thousands each year


Posted on Tuesday, 14 May, 2019 | Comment icon 14 comments

Would you spend the night here ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Aaron Vowels
Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky is often regarded to be one of America's most haunted buildings.
Originally opened in 1910 as a small two-storey building for housing tuberculosis patients, Waverly Hills soon began to expand exponentially after an epidemic ravaged the population.

It is believed that as many as 60,000 patients lost their lives while battling the disease within the sanatorium's walls. Many of the bodies were unceremoniously dumped down the infamous 485ft "death chute" that was used to help the hospital staff dispose of them more efficiently.

In 1962 the building was turned in to a nursing home for the elderly but ended up being closed after two decades following reports of patient neglect. In 1983 there were plans to turn the sanatorium in to a prison, however the idea fell through due to complaints from neighboring properties.

In more recent years, Waverly Hills has found a new calling as a destination for paranormal investigators and enthusiasts who come hoping to encounter something unexplained.

As many as 35,000 people attend guided 'ghost' tours of the building each year.

"They come from Ireland, China, Australia, Russia," said executive director Tina Mattingly.

"If it wasn't for them, this building would not be saved. It's the people that are saving it, that come here to go on tours. And it's the building that's drawing the people here."

"This is a memorial to all the people that came through here and it deserves to be saved."

Source: KWTX.com | Comments (14)

Tags: Waverly Hills, Haunting

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by the13bats on 15 May, 2019, 1:33
i wouldnt pay much if anything to tour it but i love old historic stuff so for that it would be fun, maybe, if its not just worn out.
Comment icon #6 Posted by SecretSanta on 15 May, 2019, 3:44
The owner has been on every paranormal show there is. Free advertising on major cable channels. Most recently on the new show Portals to Hell. I recorded it but haven’t watched it yet. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by the13bats on 15 May, 2019, 4:34
good for them, and free promos are savvy but is it worth it i mean how you look to a lot of people.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Myles on 15 May, 2019, 11:49
I'd pay a few bucks to tour it.   Maybe $12-$15 or something like that.   It'd be an interesting couple hours to see the history of the building.  
Comment icon #9 Posted by the13bats on 16 May, 2019, 1:12
i guess im cheap, lol, for me just depends if the people running it are cool or cheddar richards, but sure 12-15 wouldnt be unfair admission
Comment icon #10 Posted by oslove on 16 May, 2019, 23:40
With our today's advanced technologies of seeing and listening continuously without interruptions, and recording everything in digital files for studying in the labs, I wonder if any serious investigators have employed them to ascertain whatever is taking place when no humans are present all the time.
Comment icon #11 Posted by the13bats on 20 May, 2019, 18:32
its an interesting idea not just for this joint but any alleged haunted local, but the issue is anything recorded is gonna be debated, and it gets deep, some will blame virtuality everything on ghost activity and while fun its of no value to science, i know if i left recorders and video gear in my attic or basement i would get a lot of coolness but it wouldnt prove anything.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Myles on 20 May, 2019, 20:42
You are right, it would not be taken seriously.   However it would still be useful.  If any credible scientist would be part of the investigation, it could get them to buy into the phenomenon.    If a credible news show (not that there are many left) could investigate and show some stuff that they back up, it would be a nudge in the right direction.     Personally I don't think any of it is real.   But I'm not 100% convinced of it.   Just haven't found much great evidence.   
Comment icon #13 Posted by the13bats on 20 May, 2019, 23:17
i am not a believer but like with with any of it i say prove me wrong, i place ghosts and hauntings at the bottom of my list of possible, i would suspect that all the bs claptrap tv shows about ghosts, bf, aliens, etc have made many scientists more leary about getting involved in such areas, it does suck, when we see some geek misusing light, emf etc gear saying yep...thats proves a spook is here. i would love to see more real research on what i think ghosts are, the recoded past, not a spirit or entity no consciences, nothing from the other side but a weird phenomenon of the planet and us, li... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by khazarkhum on 22 May, 2019, 21:08
Part of the problem, I think, is that we are lumping all sorts of things  into the box marked "Ghosts", when in fact there seems to be several different types of things going on. It's like calling all things that fly 'eagles', even though eagles do not make up the majority of flying creatures. 


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