Urban Ghosts has published two previous articles covering derelict lunatic asylums and other abandoned hospitals, as well as a full length feature on Riverview Mental Hospital in Canada. One we haven’t mentioned yet is the equally fascinating and extremely creepy Linda Vista Community Hospital in Los Angeles, which opened in 1905 as the Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital to care for injured railroad workers. It operated until 1991.
In 2008, filmmaker Ransom Riggs stumbled across the abandoned hospital while scouting locations. But upon obtaining permission to venture inside, it quickly became apparent that Linda Vista Community Hospital was in no state to serve as a film set, despite apparently doing so since 1991.
Like many urbex hotspots, Linda Vista has fallen victim to almost two decades of urban decay. Nature has fought back with a vengeance, vandals have added their touches and environmental hazards no-doubt abound. Nevertheless, Riggs was able to capture the spooky wards and rotting furniture in these atmospheric and evocative images:
Amid the endless maze of corridors are brightly coloured – albeit faded – rooms that look out of place in this sombre environment, while tell-tale signs of the film industry are evident in creative graffiti from past horror movies. Most eerie of all is a dimly lit downstairs room (below) containing the death records of former patients.
As Riggs points out, it’s incredible that thousands of personal files continue to collect dust long after the building was deserted. Not surprisingly, Linda Vista has become a hotspot for the paranormal community as well as urban explorers.
Ransom Riggs is an LA-based filmmaker, photographer and blogger. Check out his website here. You can find his full article about Linda Vista Hospital on Mental Floss, as well as this previous exploration.
Got a thirst for more creepy Los Angeles abandonments? Check out some of the city’s lost theatres and movie palaces in this article.