The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum has been deemed as the most haunted hospital in America. This particular hospital has also been referred to as "Weston State Hospital" in the past. Located in the vast country area of Weston, West Virginia this structure housed individuals who experienced mental illnesses of several different types in the middle of the 1800's. In addition to being noted for the role it played in the lives of several individuals who required care and the medical community on the whole, there are a number of true ghost stories circulating about this establishment. Here, I will share with you some of the exciting information about the most haunted hospital in America, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.
The History of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
The history of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is actually quite long and extensive. This history seems to be quite relevant to the unexplained phenomenon and real ghost stories that circulate today about the facility. The original construction of the building that would serve as a home to several individuals suffering from psychiatric conditions began in the year of 1858. By the year of 1881, construction had been completed. However, despite continuing efforts to construct the building, in the year of 1864, this hospital allowed the first patients to enter.
The hospital was suitable for a number of about two hundred and fifty patients. Unfortunately, as the facility gained popularity, more and more individuals were pushed to reside there. By the 1950's, the hospital had become severely overcrowded with an astonishing number of patients - reaching nearly two thousand, five hundred! Naturally, due to the crowding that was being experienced the care of the patients quickly began to decline. In the year of 1994, it was established that the hospital could not operate any longer. The closure wrecked havoc on the economy of the community in which it resided. To date, the financial loss still burdens the community.
When Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum first opened, it was a direct result of the efforts of a lady by the name of Dorothea Dix. She saw the need for an area where individuals who were considered to be "insane" could be placed so that they were not locked away in prisons with dangerous convicts, and treated with a high disregard. It was her belief that the people plagued with psychiatric illnesses should have rights, and the ability to receive proper care. However, during the 1800's, most people who suffered from diseases of the mind were treated like nothing more than wild animals. In later years, an individual by the name of Thomas Kirkbride would come to agree with the ideas that Dorothea Dix presented, and the approval of the facility would be granted.
The following is a quote that Ms. Dix issued about who she was, and what she wanted to see: "I come as the advocate of helpless, forgotten, insane men and women; of beings sunk to a condition from which the unconcerned world would start with real horror" (Taken from the website for the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum as quoted by Dorothea Dix).
Here's a picture of a ghost taken at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. At 1:19 am, a human shape can clearly be seen at the end of the hallway.