Photo of “The Castle” from Pinterest
It seems like a lot of places have designated haunted places. In my hometown it is called “the castle.” It’s an old, large brick building that used to be a hospital. A lot of people think it is haunted now. In one of my earlier posts I mentioned Hell’s Gate Bridge which is located in Oxford, Alabama. That it their designated haunted place. One of Bemidji’s is the old sanitarium. I didn’t even know it existed until I did a little research online and stumbled across it.
The Bemidji Sanitarium is located on the north end of lake Julia. It had been a housing place for children with tuberculosis. It was also a nursing home at one time. It is believed to be very haunted. There was a few people that had commented on it. Here are some of the things they said:
One commentor on Haunted Hovel by the name of Zach said that he lived on the property for a couple of years and thought it was extremely creepy. He said there was a lot of paranormal activity in the main building but there was even more outside of it on the property.
Another commentor who stayed anonymous, said they went inside the sanitarium and made it to the top floor. They said once they reached the last room at the end of the hall, they started to get a lot of strange feelings.
Another anonymous user said they actually went to see the building in the Halloween of 2012. They said they took some pictures but they never turned out. They did some exploring on the property because they couldn’t go inside the building. There was noises coming from inside the building though. They even said some people in their party thought they saw a figure in all black walking down by the lake. They believed this person to be the ghost of a nurse. After that they took off because they started to feel uneasy about being there. (Haunted Hovel)
I’ve never been to the sanitarium but it sounds like a decent amount of people have gone there and claim to have experienced some paranormal activity. When I was in high school I went into a supposedly haunted place in my hometown. It’s called “the castle.” I went in there with a group of people. When we walked into the building on the first floor, we saw a sleeping bag on the ground so we were a little on edge. We didn’t know if there was going to be someone squatting in there. We didn’t see anyone though. When we went into the basement we all kind of felt uneasy. It was a room full of big rocks. A lot of the cement floor was torn up. We didn’t spend a lot of time down there. We started traveling up and looking at the different floors. I didn’t say anything at the time but when we were traveling from floor to floor, I thought I heard something on the flight of stairs below us everytime we got to a new floor. I didn’t want to freak anyone out so I didn’t say anything at first. It’s an old building too so I thought I might just be hearing normal things like creaking from the wind. There wasn’t much on the middle floors but when we got to the top floor, things started to get creepier. We found a claw foot bathtub in the middle of a room. There was a dead bird inside of it and red candles around it. There was candle wax poored into the bathtub. We didn’t stay much longer after we found that. We were too freaked out. Once we were out of the building and driving away, I brought up what I heard. I told them that I thought I kept hearing footsteps on the stairs below us and everyone I was with got silent. Then one of my friends said they heard the same thing but didn’t want to freak anyone out so they stayed quiet. The rest of my friends agreed with us, that they had heard some creaking below us. It could have just been the wind but either way it is creepy to think about.
In horror movies, going into haunted buildings is always a bad idea. This doesn’t stop people in real life. I guess going into a supposedly haunted building can be scary but also kind of exhilarating. It’s like going on a roller coaster or watching a scary movie. It can give you a little bit of an adrenaline rush. Sometimes it’s fun to be scared but in a safe setting.
Here’s a list of some of the most haunted hospitals in the United States: