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West Mountain Sanitarium
Scranton, Pa 18505

County: Lackawanna County
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A long while back the Tuberculosis patients were sent there to live and be treated. During a massive fire hundreds of patients died and are believed to haunt the place.

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 6060     10/15/2007 1:54:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Been a long time Scranton resident and has visited the Sanatarium on numerous occasions. I`ve heard about it being haunted but never heard actual stories, nor can I find one on the internet. I am just wondering if there are stories out there on actual haunting?

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yea me and some friends actually went up there like last week and we met up with some people and they said that 3 kids went down on the well or something and they all died, and only 2 bodies were recovered. Idk if its real or not but it sounds pretty scary.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 63019 ReplyTo# 6060     11/22/2010 5:31:00 AM     Edit          

Wow me and my friends were up there the other night and it was really cool. We saw black shadows and stuff. We told them to give us signs but it was only like drips of water. Seeing the fireplace was pretty cool but heard that some guy kissed his kids and his wife and then himself right there at the fireplace. It was awsome tho.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 6668     11/1/2007 11:58:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

There are stories out there. As a matter of fact I heard one regarding this the other day. Not sure if it`s just folklore or if it is actually haunted though.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 6708     11/3/2007 8:05:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

portions of the sanitarium burned in the mid 70`s. all the patients were relocated well before the fire occured. the only deaths at the sanitarium were due to complications of their illness. I have heard numerous stories of hauntings and strange happenings surrounding the sanitarium. I have visited the site numerous times and have extensive photos of the sanitarium. Anyone who would like to learn more....please feel free to contact me. spiker18249@yahoo.com

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 6722     11/3/2007 4:04:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Is the place really haunted?

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 6971     11/11/2007 6:13:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Last Seen: 1/16/2008 8:07:57 PM  
i went there like a couple weeks ago and took pictures.i found alot of different things.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 39181 ReplyTo# 6971     9/7/2009 6:36:00 AM     Edit          

hello. May I ask you how you got there.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 46525 ReplyTo# 6971     1/10/2010 10:01:00 PM     Edit          

i want to go there and take pictures too. were you able to get inside the building or no? i've never been up there so idk if you're even allowed inside.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 7118     11/17/2007 3:26:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

I have been to the sanitarium a good number of times. It certainly gives off a creepy vibe with the old rusted out beds and the buildings partially collapsed. When I was in college, some students did a video project using some tools they got from the physics lab (one was an electronic engineering major and i think the other was communications). They did show changes in temperature and for lack of the correct word..i`ll say the electro static charge in the air? They also had divining rods which showed some change in field at the same spot the other machines showed irregularities. As far as a mass amount of patients burning alive...most of the buildings look burned and collapsed. They are collapsed because when the thing was built the engineers were pretty much self taught. The burn marks match the paintball marks and the quad tracks throughout. I am a paintballer and it bothers me that people use the sport equipment to do vandilism..but thats another story. Anyway..kids with nothing better to do than put firefighters in danger set most or all of the fires and there are no real accounts of anyone dying up there in any kind of accident...especially since the hospital at no time held anywhere near 500 patients and most of them did a good job of dying all on their own. When I was in H.S. and college I went there quite a bit. I`m involved in rescue, fire and ems now and only now realize the danger people going up there are in. There are partially collapsed floors and walled in rooms in the basements with the floors fallen through. You can fall into a pit and they won`t find you until the next group of vandals shows up with quads and lighters. The scariest part about this place is the bronchitis you`ll get from the moldy old basements. Tetanus is fun too. If you want to see real scary stuff around the Scranton area, look at what County Commissioners Cordaro and Munchak did to the place.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 7190     11/20/2007 9:12:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

yea i been up there a few times, its not haunted, its only creepy at night when everyone gets into the spirit of wanting to get scared.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 8203     1/3/2008 12:35:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

i have been there plenty of times and ended up sleeping there on one occation(long story).. but though it might give off some strange vibes i boubt the hunting claims..

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 12591     5/6/2008 11:02:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

i know this guy who set fire to it.....he tried to "court" me from jail eww. he got like 5 years for that, but he's a dummyhead. anyways i made my mom take me and my brothers up there out of boredom when i was pregnant......it was just creepy there wasn't anything there scary....well maybe some of the junkies that hang out there

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 15727     7/20/2008 8:40:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

me and 2 of my friends stood in the chapel on july 15 and there were horrific screams while we were inside and as soon as we left the building they stopped

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 15914     7/23/2008 9:18:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

well my friend went up there with his dad and two friends they heard a gunshot, and a scream my friend and his dad ran and the other one ended up jumping out of the second story window

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 17524     8/24/2008 12:52:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

well ive herd numerous storys and me and my friend louie are going to check it out tommrow night if i servive i will comment again peace<3

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 19575     9/25/2008 5:47:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Ive been up there a few times with two of my friends as well. Weve been taking numerous pictures on different occasions. On September 18, 2008 we got quite a few interesting photos and an EVP. We didnt get much on it just what sounds to be a "go" and a clear as day "leave". The EVP is on my phone and we want to go and see if we can get more. Another incident we had was that my friends truck ran fine all teh way up the mountain and we attempted to off road up to the place. As soon as we got within site of the one building the truck started bogging out and all 4 wheels started slipping in 4X4.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 19720     9/28/2008 12:49:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Does anyone know who owns this area? I am a member of a certified Paranormal Investigation team and would like to maybe set up an investigation using our equipment. Any info would be really great thanks! You can e-mail me @ iluv22r@aol.com

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 20163     10/6/2008 1:49:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

i have heard so many stories about this place, but which ones do u believe. like if u go up there halloween night as soon as your in there everything that has a battery goes dead. and does anyone know how to get into paranormal investigation? i have always been interested in the paranormal but i wanna do it the legal way i guess. please email me back spaz21usw@aol.com thanks

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 21016     10/16/2008 9:51:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

I have been to this NEPA haunting twice in my life, and twice is enough! Of course I am a believer in spiritual activity, and was well aware that no one perished in any of the fires taking place on the land. However, many patients did die of illness, and even more from the generic treatments they recieved by the medical staff. "fresh air" was a treatment for TB, so many patients would be forced to stay outside for long periods of time (even in the winter), and some even after being submerged in cooling water. A good number of these patients died from hypothermia and it is documented in the files still left there to this day. From what I have experienced, the paranormal activity has nothing to do with the fires but those deceased from hypothermia and bad medical conditions. I DO NOT encourage anyone to go exploring on the property for all the reasons mentioned in the posts above, but also because the spiritual activity here is also very restless. It is better to leave it as sacred ground and not disturb whatever still remains on the property.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 22227     10/29/2008 11:27:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

I am the founder of the paranormal researcher of Scranton. I have investigated the sanitorium many times, and I am honestly annoyed by the crap that is all over the internet about a massive fire killing hundreds of people. If people would do some research, they would know that there were only two fires at this location. one in 1994, and the second in 1996. Almost twenty years after the building closed down. So it's kind of difficult for hundreds of people to die in a fire that never happened! I would also like to note that the hospital only housed 100 patients at full compacity, so how could hundreds off people die at one time? I strongly suggest that anyone who posts something on the internet should make sure its fact. Otherwise, you just look stupid! Jim Webber Paranormal Researchers of Scranton P.R.O.S.

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Hi Jim, My name is Wendy and i am so interested in the paranormal i go all over the place looking for activity. When i first went to the sanatarium i went in a group of people and we caught a ton of activity. The first thing was an apperision of a woman in a long white night gown, she was as clear as day, she just stared at us for a few moments and then vanished. The second thing was at the gate there was a black shadow standing there you could clearley make out everything even though it was dark he had on a long jacket and a wide brimmed hat that appeared to look like something someone amish would wear. We heard very bizare sounds and actually had a rock come at us from no wear.This is not the first time weve been up there we actually go up a few times a month trying to catch paranormal activity and weve been pretty lucky so far. I would love to talk to you about a few other paranormal things if you could contact me at wdennis34@aim.com 



               Like      Dislike        Comment# 22315     10/29/2008 9:37:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Jim, I agree, This is a pile of B/S with all these rumors. I've been going to the good ole Sanny for YEARS hung out there all through highschool and even had my senior photos taken there. The Place did a lot of good and noone really seems to know that. we sohuld get together and write a newspaper article showing the GOOD of the place remind hte public of how nice this area was Once upon a time. Jon Ventre. An Urban Explorer

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 22571     10/31/2008 8:28:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Being a lifelong NEPA resident, I too have been to the sanitorium a few times. There is nothing there but the remains of buildings that once housed sick people. No ghosts, no spooks, no bumps in the night. However, as a person who finds great interest in old abandoned buildings, such as sanitoriums & asylums, I find it sad to see this place slowly fade away due to the elements & people with nothing better to do than vandalize.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 25646     1/10/2009 5:03:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I went there on occasion when I was back in college, and heard the rumors about the fire killing the patients. I did do my research and found that this wasn't true. However, I have many pictures taken from several of the occasions I did venture up there. I remember one time when I was walking up the path too the main house from the right I heard what sounded like a crowd rushing down the hill to my left and saw a light floating around in the woods. I wasn't imagining this, I had another witness with me at the time. I was pushed once in the basement of the first patient building, which as you can imagine shocked me. Another time I went there, the day after I was in my college dorm and all of the cabinents in the kitchen started slamming. I am not sure if that was related, but still quite terrifying. I have a feeling that something had followed me from there, but I could be wrong. I WOULD NOT advice going up there. It will only result in bad things possibly happening. It should be left alone, unless you absolutely know what you are doing.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 60639 ReplyTo# 25646     10/20/2010 3:26:00 PM     Edit          

I have been there a couple times. Each time I had the creepy feeling of being watched. I never saw anything there but I can sense them. Never did until the last time I was there. I got out of the car near the well. I was overwhelmed with a feeling that someone was there close be and heard a cough right next to me. That was enough for me and I left. Whatever is still there does try to follow you home. Try not to anger things . Be respectful if you go there.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 26040     1/18/2009 1:40:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

its not haunted at all. i live near there and have been there tons of times. people walk their dogs there lol. theres nothings scary aboout it. its not haunted at all.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 27007     2/8/2009 5:04:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Id like to find out who is the owner of the back road known as elmhurst boulavard. We all know the horrific stories. I heard stories of several accidents on the highway that lead to the theory that if you go to the site and go to a circle, go into a circle three times shut off your car. restart it and leave...as you are leaveing there is a apparition of truck following you. The idea is....as it appears to be getting on your tail...you speed up and crash. Another theory, is that of devil worshippers known to be at the site. Their precence was that of pure hatred of animals and sometimes thier own kind. Another one, goes back many years. apparently there is a mansion at the site (may be depleted). anyway, the mansion was owned by a very wealthy man frm scranton who worked or owned the lace mill. tha man fell into hard times and killed his family and then hanging himself. The theory behind this story is that the same man is known to be seen hanging (no pun intended) in the area. Screams of torcher is heard throught the night.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 47121 ReplyTo# 27007     1/23/2010 4:13:00 PM     Edit          

Louis deNaples is your man he owns the whole mountain (almost).

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>AnonymousVisiter wrote jim, I agree, This is a pile of B/S with all these rumors. I've been going to the good ole Sanny for YEARS hung out there all through highschool and even had my senior photos taken there. The Place did a lot of good and noone really seems to know that. we sohuld get together and write a newspaper article showing the GOOD of the place remind hte public of how nice this area was Once upon a time. Jon Ventre. An Urban Explorer > sounds like a cool place to have your high school pictures done im from the scranton area( scranton high ) what photographer/studio did you use to get your pictures done there ?

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A neighbor recently told me of this place. In the area today and tried to find it. I was told it was up past the west mountain stone quarry.   During my drive today I found nothing up there but country roads and houses.   I would like to check it out. WVIA had a documentary of it not too long ago.


Anyone know how to find this place????    Thanks.


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 30437     4/8/2009 3:39:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

i live right up the street from this place it is not haunted and there all rumors i have been there soo many times and its not haunted just prety creeepy

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 42447 ReplyTo# 30437     10/23/2009 8:31:00 PM     Edit          

how do I find it?? It's on the way to Dracula's Forest hayride right???

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 30698     4/13/2009 8:52:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

about a year ago i went up there with 3 of my friends at night. we had a few flashlights and i was taking pictures with my camera. but since my camera battery was low i took pictures with the LED light off. the next day when i looked at the pictures there were literally people standing around my friends and in the same room that we were all in. it wasnt ghostly white figures i mean these were real looking people with pale white faces and long hair just staring at the camera. this creeped us out so much because we had 3 flash lights and didnt see these people at all! i was so creeped out. im NEVER going up there again. this was the weirdest thing ever. i never believed in ghosts and stuff but after i saw that i dont even know what to think anymore.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 38496 ReplyTo# 30698     8/25/2009 7:01:00 AM     Edit          


I just heard about this place last week, and I am fascinated.  I talked my husband into taking me up there this week, and I want to take some photos as well.  Your story is interesting; I would be happy to capture an image of some sort on film.


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 31214     4/22/2009 8:41:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I was born and raised in Scranton and lived there for many years, and other than a passing reference or two, never really knew about the sanitorium. I even went up to the radio station (WICK/WWDL) a few times on business and never even noticed the place. But the subject of tuberculosis and its history has recently begun to interest me, so I went up there on a visit to Scranton recently. It's pretty fascinating. I can't believe they took people up there years ago -- it must have been a grueling trip in those days. Just getting up there had to wear the poor patients out. Is it haunted? Who knows? But there is a strange lure about the place once you know what it was.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 33131     5/27/2009 5:25:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

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I went to this place a few times the first few times in broad daylight but me and a few of my friends decided to go there on Halloween. We brought equipment with us and there is defantly something there wether it is something paranormal or not remains to be seen. A few of the things caught with our equipment were screams foot steps difference in temperatures in some areas and spikes in energy. this could all be explained by reason but i feel there are souls still trapped there. the amount of suffering that occured there is unbelieveable. 


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 33973     6/13/2009 9:15:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

The place isn't special or much of anything really. It is waaayyyy too built up. All thats left is maybe 3 small buidings you can actually go into and the most interesting thing is some old rusted bed frames in the basement of one building. I've been there many times, day and night, and have seen and heard nothing. It's just a few small wodden buildings with just about nothing in them that hav been slowly falling apart for years. Don't believe stories and don't wste your time. Look up Buck Hill Inn, which is only maybe a 40 minute drive from there if you want a real cool abndoned place with lots of stuff and buildings.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 34019     6/14/2009 6:34:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Last Seen: 6/14/2009 6:32:38 AM  
Can anyone  please give me the address and directions to west mountain sanitarium?  I am visiting scranton next month and would like to go there  thanks robert   email is rcltd4@optonline.net

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 34470     6/22/2009 12:02:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

I've been there 20 years ago and and thought I saw white coats and a lady in window openings. Just last year I drove by and from the street still seen what appeared to be a lady and only 1 white coat person which I assume to be doctors or maybe nightshirts.If you go up Jackson St. cross over Keyser Ave. go up hill and bear right. After a bridge make left (Wells) it is a little ways up on left.

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 38947 ReplyTo# 34607     9/2/2009 3:51:00 PM     Edit          

TAPS will not come up here to do an investigation. We have several Paranormal groups up here that have investigated it, and our group will be there at the end of the month.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 36441     7/24/2009 7:29:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Does anyone know if this is a no trespass area? I am in a paranormal group and would need permission before entering if it is. I can't find anything on the net about how to reach someone about checking it out. Thanks in advance to anyone who responds. Please reach me at raerose@ymail.com

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 36965     8/1/2009 9:44:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

going tonite... hopefully some of these stories are true ... well find out tonite and we will take lots of pix videos and recordings if anything is heard !

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 36973 ReplyTo# 36965     8/1/2009 1:10:00 PM     Edit          

I may be going tonight too, if you see this email at shapthepup@hotmail.com

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 37136     8/4/2009 5:11:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

I was there years ago. And there was a locked door at the time. before vandals completely destoyed everything. Me and a few friends tried like hell to open this door? We even hit it with a metal bar we fond on the ground. But no luck. That door was rusted shut. But about a hour later. We were standing around the corner of this door and we heard the most loudest bang I have ever heard.... Well we went to investigate and too our horror !! The door was completely blown wide open knocked off its hinges? and there was no one around at all....... Will never forget that.. As a matter of fact. That is the last time I was at the W.S.S.....And doubt I will ever return !!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 37390     8/7/2009 2:16:00 PM     Edit       Reply    


do you need to make and appt. for a tour or do u just go there on your own?



               Like      Dislike        Comment# 38949 ReplyTo# 37390     9/2/2009 3:54:00 PM     Edit          

there is no tour and it's no trespassing posted everywhere there now, if you are caught you are arrested and locked up.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 37391     8/7/2009 2:37:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

so like does anyone know where this place is, cause i'am so there

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 37464     8/8/2009 6:49:00 PM     Edit       Reply    


Get dirations via that link.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 37499     8/9/2009 7:46:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

thanks for the link, gonna check it out right now

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 37730 ReplyTo# 37499     8/12/2009 1:19:00 PM     Edit          

Just so everyone knows, West Mountain Sanitarium is now off limits to the public. I'm not sure who owns it, but I do know that you will be arrested if caught trespassing. While recently doing research  this summer for a documentary including this site I wanted to get some current/ close up photographs and video footage. My partner and I began to walk around the area when two police officers pulled over and came after us. This was in broad daylight. We weren't trying to be sneaky or anything, and we were very upfront with our intentions. But after a short discussion with the PD, we were escorted off the premises, advised never to return (told we would not be given permission even if we asked), and thanked our lucky stars we were not arrested. Now I may be wrong, but if you're a teenager or paranormal fan out hunting for activity...this may not be the safest and most legal way to find it. It is private property...and considered hazardous. The police patrol the area often and from what i hear, they now have other security measures in place as well. So, I would advise all curious not to go unless by some miracle you've received permission from the owners. And even then, to avoid a hassle....get it in writing and alert the proper authorities before you go!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 81933 ReplyTo# 37499     4/19/2013 10:08:00 PM     Edit          

Me and my friends went up there the other north it was raining and twelve thirty a night we didn't go in just drove past it and shined the light through the woods to we're you can see the caretakers house I believe and as soon as the light hit the building my friends car window came off the track and fell on top of him. I don't know if it was the supernatural but it was very creepy.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 37732     8/12/2009 1:22:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

If you have a GPS just enter the radio station's address ... 1049 North Sekol Road, Scranton, PA 18504. It's right across the road.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 38057     8/17/2009 1:33:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I've visited the sanitarium in broad daylight many times, I just parked over at the radio station and walked over and i even chatted with workers of the radio station. I had no problem with trespassing issues. Just be carefule bc the buildings are mostly torn down and have much graffiti on them if you go down to the other building down further its mostly rubble and very dangerous!

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Last Seen: 8/29/2009 11:22:22 PM  

i live next door to the sanitarium and i have witnessed very heart racing events there. If you wish to find good evidence of life after death.. Go there!!


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 39969     9/21/2009 2:28:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

ive live in nepa for 19 years and i finally found out at the age of 18 my great uncle used to own the property my grandfather had the blue prints of the grounds in an old locker in his basement the property has been burnt down twice and is now going to be demolished but yes as many people wont believe me it is true my mother and aunt used to tell me about times they would visit the property when it was closed down. im happy it is being demolished because im sick of people setting fires and using it as a drinking ground. i will actually start to post pictures of the blueprints and the grounds to keep people happy with it. i will be returing from college in 8 1/2 months and the pics will be up or just contact me by email. i also do other haunted investigations such as claims of the clifford inn, keystone anything that is a claimed haunting but yes sorry west sanitarium will be completely demolished soon. i will put up pics of the orbs we captured at wms along with the evp's weve also recorded but sorry to report the news.

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I would like to have a copy of the blueprints and pics you refer to of The West Mountain Sanitarium.  Although I have never been on the property itself I have been by it several times.    This brings up personal meaning for me because my grandmother, who died before I was born, was there for TB and eventually died there. My mom, who was a child then at the age of 6 or 7 when her mom passed, was allowed to stay in the childrens building at the time. I am referring to the years of approximately 1939 to late 1940 or early 1941 which was her length of time there. Children of the patients were allowed to stay at the facility for an extra fee. They were not allowed near the patients except to visit which was in the infirmary visiting room through a glass window, similar to visiting someone in a jail or correctional facility.

I have a post card of a B/W aerial view of the entire  West Mountain Sanitarium complex taken approximately at that time. From the picture it was a beautiful place then. There was a chapel, a school , a dining hall, a nurses building, childrens building and of course the infirmary there as well. as other support buildings. According to what she had told me it was run by Lackawanna County at the time. My mom had told me many stories of her stay there as a child. With the exception of her sick mom and other sick patients she never told me of any horror stories. She had shown me some pictures of herself and her sister there.  The steel frame beds (now rusted and burned) were white as in my moms pictures. My mom will still tell some stories of her childhood memories there and they were always fun times with other kids.  Her only bad experience was when she was told her mom had passed.

Can blueprints and maps also be obtained from the courthouse recorder of deeds or prothonetary?

I hope to receive a reply soon

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 42089     10/20/2009 11:03:00 AM     Edit       Reply    


wrong, i live right by there

the fire was long after everyone was cleared out

pretty un-haunted.



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i went up a couple of days ago for like a week straight everynight. the weird thing was i didnt see anybody. i took alot of pics and i think i got orbs. but porb dust. in a few pics i got this weird fog and then in the next pic it would be gone. i also see a girl in the one pic standing next to the building and in the same pic it looks like a person standing in the one window. a few of my friends said they saw somebody walk across the path a few yards infront of us. they ran and left me with no flashlight. that got a little weird. alot fo noises in the one building with all the beds. idk i didnt see anything with my own eyes but its very interesting.

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I went there a few years ago with some friends. When we parked the car and got out, almost immediatley my friend and I both saw a small light flickering off in the distance. It resembled a candle or a zippo flame. Next as we came around the one building, the grafitti written seemed amusing at first. It began like "Beware" and "Turn Back". This carried on for a few phrases and finally we got to one that said "Look Up" with an arrow pointing up. So we looked and the floor above was literally inches away from collapsing on our heads due to severe rotting and fire damage. I also remeber hearing what sounded like running water. We did however go on a rainy night, but it def sounded like a faucet was left on at full blast. We all heard strange noises but nothing that I would call concrete. Last but not least, and this was the clencher for me, as we were navigating a ledge I rounded a corner and when I looked up, I swear there was a shadow type figure right in front of me. It was more wavy and see through than like a shodow, but it was still very human-esque. As I looked at it in disbelief, it evaporated. Also at the exact moment I saw the figure, a huge drop in temperature happened. On the way out we noticed that one side of the path's foliage was dead as dirt, while the other side of the path was green and lush. The creepy factor is a definate, but I am unsure if I would totally call it haunted. Also like alot of other people have stated, the site is wickedly dangerous and should probably be avoided all together. There are small wells all over the property and if you happen to fall into one, you could likely break a leg. Also the floors and ceilings are super rotted and collapse is probably guarenteed at some point in the near future. I will return but be much more careful this next time around.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 43867     11/4/2009 2:03:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

hey we me and my brothers used to hang out there party this is back in the mid 80:s ya it probaly true what ya seen...

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i live up the road from the sanitarium the person who wrote that poeple walk their dogs is true their are my neighbor but i went down there at 12.00 on thanksgiveing with me my dad and little brother and i herd voices like get out i also herd foot steps. took 3,4 pitchers on the frist  couple pitchers had nothing in it but the last one had a orb with a evil face .


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Just got back from the sanitarium tonight.  Our group had a very good investigation.  My batteries in my camera drained 3 times along with other members of my group who's camera's batteries also drained.  Had numerous spikes on the KII meter, which was extremely odd when there is no electricity in the place where it was spiking.  Many Pictures of ecto-mist and also images of faces in orbs.  For the people who believe their is no activity at this spot, I did not experience that.  Just because you did not, doesn't mean it is not.  Ghost or spirits don't just appear on command.  It takes alot of time and alot of investigation.  Don't knock it just because things do not happen in front of your eyes, you might be surprised, with a little patients you just might find what you where looking for.

Heather, Pottsville


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 44850     11/22/2009 6:22:00 PM     Edit       Reply    



i am planning on going to the place, does anyone have any suggestions? should i talk to the radio station before going, to make sure there isnt any tresspassing issues?



               Like      Dislike        Comment# 44866     11/22/2009 10:12:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

There are trespassing issues. It is owned by someone. Last I knew, about 6 years ago, they were planning on building a house/houses. The sanatorium only sounds scary. It was used for TB patients. Meant to send them to a sanitary environment in the country on the mountain where they could have fresh air (good old fashion medical treatment). Like one of the above comments mentioned the fires happened long after the place had closed; in the 70's (damn hippies). It is creepy, but I was up there when a thunder/lighting storm blew through and no scary ghosts got us. If you do go up there, please be respectful. It is someones property. Also, no kids ever fell down a well and died. And as far as that kids (above comment) jumping out a 2nd story window b/c they heard gunshots; it's ransom, there are always gunshots. Which also brings me to my next point that hunting season is coming up. So don't get shot.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 44901     11/23/2009 3:05:00 PM     Edit       Reply    



so would it be wise to wear neon organge or would that only alert the authorties?


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me & a couple friends went there & there was water dripping from the ceiling & it never even rained . So im convinced its haunted


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 44940     11/24/2009 2:01:00 PM     Edit       Reply    



my friends and i are going there for the 1st time at night. any advice regarding that? anything special should i bring?


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 45244     12/1/2009 4:04:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

ah ive been going up to the WMS for about 4-5 years now, and have heard some things up there. I was last there in July, and me and my buddy heard voices nearby, like a group of people were walking right past us, even though noone was there but us. Then, we were in the room with the lockers, and we heard loud panting, like someone was gasping for air, coming from the basement below us, so that was our cue to leave. I also got a picture of a very bright, thick white orb by the shed/garage. And all of this was in broad daylight. This place is def. haunted.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 82118 ReplyTo# 47987     5/12/2013 9:38:00 PM     Edit          

I'd be quite happy if you sent me an email some time. I'd love to go up there with a friend of mine and do a paranormal investigation. We are both 19, but respectful and happy to sign a waiver if you so desire. I'd just like to legally be able to go on the property and perform an investigation. If you see this somehow, please send me an email at "np car ling 26 @ gmail.com" (Remove the spaces obviously, this is to prevent spam crawlers from finding my email.)

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 49291     3/6/2010 12:07:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

i went up there every night for a week straight. i took alot of photos and got orbs whatever they are saposed to be and 3 good pics with a really thick mist that i did not see when i was there. that was kinda weird. there is one other pic that i have where you can clearly see a woman standing next to the one building. its a creepy place and alot of ppl died from tb there but no insane ppl lol

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 49658     3/17/2010 5:46:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

anyone with picts of this place in or right after operation please send to me in an e mail at todd2859@yahoo.com

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 50564     4/11/2010 5:21:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Hey, guys i think we could get a little camp party out to solve stories. send me an EMail at seyy169@aol.com

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 50766     4/16/2010 10:20:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Dont mess with something if u dont kno what it is...just trust me

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 50892     4/19/2010 1:16:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Anonymous visitor #49291: Mind posting those pictures? The one with the woman intrigues me, as I have seen a picture of a little child appearing in that place clear in the day. Also, I hear security keeps on eye on this place. Is it easy enough to sneak into?

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 51626     5/8/2010 8:18:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

A group of us went lastnight it was so easy we parked 2 cars on the dirt road and walked up with flashlights. There was another group of people that had a camp fire going that were also there. We went into all the buildings including the basement which i felt had a very creepy feeling.the 3rd buliding which was supposidly the doctors house gave the rest of our group a very sick feeling. a couple of them saw a dark shadow in this house. We also got a real alot of orbs in our pics. we heard very strange things. Overall i think its haunted but very dangerous i thought the floors were going to collapse.

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I was there Friday, May 14 2010. It was about 2:30AM so technically it would be Saturday, May 15th. Anyway...it's pretty creepy...i've been to scarier places though like the Huber Coal Breaker in Ashley, PA. Theres a smoke stack at the Sanatarium that they "supposedly" burned the dead bodies because they thought they were infected with TB. That is just a rumor...they burned garbage and probably old clothes from people who died from TB. Otherwise yeah i'd have to say it's pretty interesting there.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 52128     5/17/2010 9:51:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

AND ALSO...it is very very easy to get in there but be careful at night because a rusted nail went right through my foot. And be careful when you're walking on the roof because it feels like it's going to cave in in some spots. Also in the shed there's a bird in the bird's nest and it's got little birds...please don't disturb it!!!

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 56546 ReplyTo# 53408     8/12/2010 9:53:00 AM     Edit          

Yea we ran into some of them they got all tough, I pulled out my 45 and they had no problems after that.. LOL Damn Hobo's

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 56639     8/14/2010 9:21:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Well i went up there once during the day... my cousin had drove up there with a friend but when they got there she was too scared to get out and wouldn't let him get out of the car... anyways I went up there because when they decided to leave they had car trouble so I went up to jump thier battery i did that and then we decided to leave as we were getting ready to leave my cousin went to light a cigerette... he had left them in the car... but they were no longer there so we searched around the whole car thinking that he may have dropped them when he got out to pop the hood.... they were no where insight.... We did end up finding them however right on the concrete by the entrance tot he sanatarium... I just thought that was a little weird since he never went anywhere near there

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Okay, so a few of my friends went up there twice, once about two weeks ago, and once last week. The first time we went we were walking through the woods because there was a problem with the car so we parked on the main road and not the dirt road that most people normally park on (near the entrance). So we were walking through and there were motion dectector cameras on some of the trees. I don't know if it was from the cops or from locals, but I would be careful if I were you.

Second time we went we walked on the dirt road, when we got to the first building we were inside it when a group of quads passed by us (there were at least 3 or 4).

So we're going to go up again, but every time that we do go up it seems to be there are people there, I'm just sending out a warning . It may be dangerous.

FINALLY; I don't think that whole "car appearing out of nowhere and following you" thing is a lie, it happened to us. We were driving down the MT. and a big white truck seemed to  pull out of nowhere. It was right behind us before we even got off the road near West MT. It followed us about halfway down the MT, while Al and I looked out the back window the whole time.  It was really ridding our tail. Like right on top of us. Before we hit the main road, it dissappeared.  We were watching it nearly the whole time, the only reason we got distracted was because a friend's phone went off with a weird number. A number that made no sense, that's a differnt story, but it was REALLY weird. When we looked back at the road there was no car.  There was nowhere for it to turn, and it didn't pull off the side of the road.


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 61744     10/31/2010 6:39:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

i was up there last night it is not scary it is just all torn down and burned most of the buldings fell in there are about 5-7 buldings u can see but they are pretty boring like if you go more then once its boring. But the first time i was there was about 2-3 months ago but i heard like 20 -30 years ago this place was all one bulding and not all tagged up and burned nd it was actualy scary but there are some freaky things the first time we went there i was with a kid named eddie and we were by a fire and coming from the woods we heard somebody screaming "eddie"

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Went up yesterday. As we past the radio station and went up the hill we passed a white pickup truck coming down- Only vehicle we saw. We then turned around and parked at the radio station- no other vehicles there. We walked a bit in the first building, but i felt the urge to leave, didn't even pull out my camera. We left within 5 minutes. As we drove down the hill, there was a tow truck that seemed to be on a mission- Coincidence? possibly. But in Wilkes Barre, they are supposedly headhunters and charge $400-500.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 64115     12/14/2010 4:25:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

what do you mean head hunters?

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 64488     12/23/2010 10:23:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

was just up there a few hours ago and we got as far as the first collapsed build and some one called the cops on us so we had to run to the car and drive off =/

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 67343     2/21/2011 7:58:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I've been up there six times in the past two months and never had a problem with nosy neighbors and cops. So you people should be fine. I have gone several times during the night, and once during the day. Don't worry about getting in trouble. Lots of activity though. Many many orbs, and in one of my videos I captured a voice clearly saying "Death is always to the business-man."

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Last Seen: 3/22/2011 6:18:00 PM  
ide like to go there any sugjestions not

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 74798     11/9/2011 2:56:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I own part of the property up there since last year, and if I see you up there you will be arrested your car will be towed and I will prosecute. The South Abington township police department do patrol it. It's not haunted, I've been up there with my small children many of times but it's very dangerous on many levels but ghost is not one of them, save your time and go somewhere else the only thing I've seen haunting the grounds are druggies, building collapse, stray bullets, snakes,  and ARREST!!!!. It's posted no trespassing stay out! I have found a few homeless people sleeping up there with looked like body lice or scabbies.

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I was up there two weeks ago with 4 other people (i really dont care what the person above says about trespassing) we parked 2 cars around the area and took one truck up the back way and just sat there for a little while, we heard some creepy noises and decided to check it out, we went into the main building and while in there we heard foot steps that were not from anyone we were with, so as an automatic responce we ran, as i was running on the black top i stopped breifly to look behind me and while i was stopped i fell down, i didnt faint, i didnt trip, it felt as if i was pushed, shortly after that we went to the top building and took multiple pictures in those pictures there was a figure that just happened to look like the grim reeper. i dont care what anyone else says that place is haunted .


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Comment# 77077 your just scared and disrespecful if u dont care that somebody dosnt want you on there property. theres more ghost walking around west scranton then up there while the WMS may have had a few hundred dia up there over its 70 years life, thousands of people died i the city limits over the hundreds of years, there were murders all kind of violent incidents in the city compared to the WMS so wouldnt it would be logical if there are such things as ghost that there more in the city limits. I worked at the old scranton state hospital the night shift and never once did i see or hear anything that I thought was a ghost, so again your just scaring yourself as little kids usally do.

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i was born and raised in scranton. about 2 years ago i went up there with two friends. we saw a shadow run across the building, well like in front of it i guess, and it had no legs. so that definitely ruled it being another person out. we also heard strange noises. it had to be the scariest experience of my life. we ran because it was getting dark and we were all creeped out. we all felt like something followed each of us home that night, we all just felt very eerie, as for myself. i locked myself in my bedroom for the night. i always believed in paranormal things but after that night, now i definitely know these things are real. im planning on going up again soon with my boyfriend , but in the day time, because im a scaredy cat. - dominique

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I was up there today in the daylight for my first time ... I am a person who thought ghosts were impossible but my mind changed a little bit after my experience. I parked on the road and walked back . My friend and i went in a one room building first and i went to get a selfie but my phone camera was just black .... i was a little creeped out. My phone wouldnt work til i restarted it then took some photos. It easily could have just been a phone malfunction.  We were then walking and a generator in the woods began ticking ? I would think all power would be disconnected but i guess not... i took a walk around it was a cool place then we left and my car wouldnt start. My car stalls sometimes but it was reving or ticking or whatever the startup sound is even when i wasnt twisting the key anymore ... there are explanations for all my scares but my experience freaked me out alittle but

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my daughter went up there a few years ago she told me about it after. she told me she fell through a floor board and felt someone help her up. she quickly came home. I told her my great aunt died there in 1925 and my daughter looks just like my grand mother.. you go figure it out comment here




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