Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky, United States

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Located in Jefferson County, Kentucky, Waverly Hills Sanatorium is one of the most infamous abandoned isolation hospitals in the United States. Originally opened in 1910 as a two-story hospital following a severe outbreak of tuberculosis, Waverly Hills was significantly expanded from 1924 in order to house 400 patients, reopening in 1926 as the foreboding five-story building extant today. It finally closed in 1961 due to the availability of improved medication, gradually lowering the number of TB cases in Jefferson County.

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Today Waverly Hills Sanatorium remains a mecca for paranormal investigators, appearing on a variety of TV shows including Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures. The abandoned hospital is known for its “body chute”, a 500 foot-long tunnel originally built to bring in supplies without workers having to climb the steep hill. But when the death rate reached its peak – one every two days – bodies were removed from the building via the cable-powered cart, preventing patients from seeing the corpses and thus ensuring morale remained “high”. The owners are currently restoring the hospital’s windows and decaying interior, and it has even been suggested that Waverly Hills might see reuse as a four star hotel catering to ghost hunters.

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