Written by: Storytrail
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that can be deadly. Symptoms include a chronic cough, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. In the late 19th century, tuberculosis had reached an all time high in populations across the globe. In fact, in Europe during the 1800’s the disease accounted for approximately 25% of all deaths. Naturally, governments and townships found this to be concerning and put an action plan in place to combat the potential epidemic – they began building sanatoriums for patients with the highly contagious disease.
One of North America’s first sanatoriums was built in the late 1800’s, paid for by the town and a few investors. Its sole purpose was to isolate those who had been contaminated on a remote property. The facility consisted of many buildings. The largest is of most interest for urban explorers such as ourselves – it stands 4 floors tall with a basement beneath it. There are allegedly tunnels running underneath that connect the buildings as well. The main structure contained living quarters for patients, a cafeteria, and some common areas. In the 1920’s, a new building was constructed in order to house more patients. Once complete, the sanatorium was able to hold a capacity of over 400.
As the years passed, medicine and technology advanced, and the need for sanatoriums began to decline rapidly. Patients were not checked in as frequently, and the era of fear towards tuberculosis was coming to a close. In the 1960’s, it was converted for use as a facility for mentally handicapped. The facility served as a group home until the late 1970’s, when de-institutionalization gained traction within political parties. In the early 2000’s, it was closed for good. After this date, the buildings were sealed and local police began using the property for K9 training and exercises.
Today, the facility still stands by the water isolated in a small community. Almost every window and door has been boarded on each building. Early in the morning on an autumn day, Bumblebee and I set out on an adventure. We drove hours to see this historic sanatorium, getting to know each other along the way. At the start of the day, we were two exploring friends who shared a lot of common ground. By the end, we had become aware of our potential beyond that.
Our trip was an enjoyable one. The experience of stepping into that building for the first time is one that I will never forget. I followed Bumblebee through hallways rich with decay and history, pure euphoria coursing through me. In that moment, I was loving my life – I had made it into a dream explore with someone I was really starting to fall for. I could barely contain myself as we toured around each floor and room, setting up our cameras to shoot.
The photos you see below were taken on two different occasions, as we were not fully able to document the sanatorium in its greatness our first go. A warning to any who decide to venture to this abandoned sanatorium in the future – this place is full of mold and asbestos. A respirator is a must.
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