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Haunted hospital draws in thousands each year


Posted on Tuesday, 14 May, 2019 | Comment icon 10 comments

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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 (10)

Tags: Waverly Hills, Haunting

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Myles on 14 May, 2019, 13:04
My first thought was - How does a 2 story building have a 485 ft "death chute"?† † Found the answer:
Comment icon #2 Posted by TripGun on 14 May, 2019, 14:09
It extends out as well as down.
Comment icon #3 Posted by the13bats on 14 May, 2019, 15:02
our house was built around 1909, by a town who, it has a rare in florida 2k sf basement with cement floors, the house has been a b&b, had a sign business and likely a speak easy running in the basement, my wife is convinced there is a secret tunnel connecting the basement to the carriage house but we have yet to find it...a guy a few blocks over found a car buried in his yard. oddly while some things were updated and changed some stuff is a time capsule, so who knows whats left to find. on the OP if they offered tours of some old building no one much would go for free but tack "haunted" on... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Gary Meadows on 14 May, 2019, 18:34
I'm sure people†think†they see all sorts ghostly activity! † Meh.
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 havenít 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.


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