Traverse City State Hospital

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Traverse City State Hospital was almost completely remodeled in 2000s, but reports say that the original structure remains from 1885, when it was built as the Northern Michigan Asylum. Unlike some of the others at the time, this hospital was said to be a place of beauty, where patients were treated with respect and straitjackets were not allowed. It was in operation until 1989. According to witnesses, the building is haunted. While it was not in use, lights would come on even though the electricity wasn’t hooked up. Ghostly children are said to run in the halls, and screams and voices echo in the rooms. There is said to be a ghost priest who killed himself in the chapel, and a monster in the basement area.

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    Geographic Information

    Address:
    W Eleventh St
    Traverse City, MI
    United States

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    GPS:
    44.75642620136672, -85.64329969856772
    County:
    Grand Traverse County, Michigan
    Nearest Towns:
    Traverse City, MI (1.2 mi.)
    Greilickville, MI (1.9 mi.)
    Chums Corner, MI (5.9 mi.)
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    Interlochen, MI (9.8 mi.)
    Lake Ann, MI (10.1 mi.)
    Maple City, MI (12.5 mi.)
    Bendon, MI (12.8 mi.)
    Kingsley, MI (13.0 mi.)

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    1. most of the building has been renovated, and much of the activity has died down. There is a cistern type well up on the hill west of the main buildings, at night, there are two voices my team and I would often encounter. one older male, and a young female voice.

    2. I lived not a block from the state hospital for a year at a women’s center. I was outside one night mid October and I saw what looked to a satanic ritual. It really freaked me out I watched it for awhile but got scared and left. This place is defenitly got messed up energy.

    3. Danielle French  |  

      I have MULTIPLE photos of this place and many of the other buildings prior to its “renovation” I’m not sure who said patients were treated fairly, they were not. There is a room, or was a room, below one of the screened in porches. When we looked inside (I never went in because I was searching with my grandma at the time) there was a bed bolted to the floor and on my children’s lives and fathers grave, NO DOOR to enter, only a window that was about 3-4 feet off the floor. That single room is why we left. However I do have tons of pictures, they’re just not on my phone they’re hard copies. I would love to speak with you, or anyone and share these photos with you. They deserve to be seen. This building deserves to be seen for the beauty it once held and all the pictures I’ve seen are black and white, grainy and of poor quality. Mine are full color, in bright sunlight and in my opinion hauntingly captivating. You can contact me, if you’re so inclined to, by email, dfrenchmom@gmail.com, or by telephone (269) 251-7674. Thank you for your time and I sincerely hope to hear from you. I also have pictures of when they begun construction. Pictures such as a sign they posted that said “If we rebuild it they will come” that’s when they wanted to make them living quarters for doctors, ironic? Again, thank you for you time

      Sincerely,
      Danielle M French

    4. My grandmother was a patient there. You make it sound like one single building. It was its own city, complete with self-reliant farm (capable patients milked cows, sheered sheep, reaped harvest, baled hay)… They were NOT treated nicely. My grandmother was over “zapped” with ECT and her heart stopped. They had to shock her again to bring her back.
      My father, knowing how my mother was treated & hoping to do some good, worked there for a few years. Until they downsized & he was transferred to Lapeer (Oakdale) in 1975. I have some old admission records & medical files of patients from there. Post cards of the place from the 1920s & 30s, and a book about its history written by a local who had 1st hand knowledge. I’d be more than happy to share it all with you, if you’d update your story a bit?
      Also, the “basement” you mention.. there are several underground passageways and tunnels between buildings, and more are haunted. Its how they moved the more difficult (read: harder to subdue) patients between wards without risk of them getting loose.

    5. I have never been into the building but we pulled onto the campus to look at the renovations. I refused to get out of the car because there was such an intensely dark energy about the place. No one believed me, but I could feel it the minute we pulled up.

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