Linda Vista Community Hospital, located in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, California, first opened its doors back in 1904 and was originally called the Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital and the Santa Fe Railroad Hospital.
It was built mainly to treat employees of one of the largest railroads, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.
Back in 1937, it was renamed as the Linda Vista Community Hospital. It served as Linda Vista Hospital for another 54 years until it closed in 1991. It is rumored it closed due to the lack of proper sanitation and that too many had died there.
The somewhat abandoned building then was used as a set for numerous TV shows, movies and short films. Shows and films such as the TV show ER, True Blood ,Outbreak, End of days, Pearl Harbor and Boogeyman 2 . Also, TV series segments from Barretta, House Calls and Crossroads with Ralph Macchio were filmed there. A lot of the equipment and props from these shows was left behind after they stopped filming, including fake room set ups such as a morgue.
Rumors started circulating that the old abandoned hospital was haunted. People started wandering in, most with permission to tour the old place. What they saw was abandoned props in certain places and remnants of an old hospitals decay.
Paranormal stories and tales escalated amongst the public about many desperate, trapped spirits there. Spirits of the dead that will follow you home if you dared to tour the old, derelict facility. Stories of lights flickering, seen inside and out and an awful smell of death, due to the lack of places to store dead bodies when it was a functioning hospital. More rumors of phantom, mad, hospital staff and patients' spirits that linger the halls, looking for some sort of resolution and escape from their horrid dilemma . An old operating room on the bottom floor is said to still have the rancid blood from all the operations performed there, in the cracks of the worn out flooring.
The X- ray room is suppose to smell of burnt flesh and rumor has it, though it is probably not true, that there was an area where they did experiments on the mentally ill . Some visitors claim they have heard screams. Eerie voices, smells, sightings of spirits and evidence of past suffering would make one think it is haunted.
If you talk to past employees though, they will give you a different story. According to them , the Linda Vista was a beautiful , clean hospital and a great place to work. They will deny any stories about a haunting or abuse,. Also, they say that a separate building was not used as an asylum as so many have stated, but dorms for nursing students. That the hospital was once used as a teaching facility for nurses.
A multi-million dollar project by Amcal Multi-Housing Inc. is now turning the hospital along with the abandoned nurses dorms, into nice apartments for low-income seniors.. This has been an ongoing project for them, with even more units yet to be built.
Haunted? Perhaps. A place that active with trauma and pain at one time, must have some sort of residue or energy left behind ..