Jefferson Davis Hospital

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The hospital opened in 1925, and it had been built over an 1840s city cemetery that held thousands of graves. Many were unmarked, suspected to be cholera and yellow fever victims. Although some gravesites were moved, it is said that the actual remains were not transferred along with them. The remaining graves were left alone by way of building the “basement” above the ground. It is these graves, folks say, that make the place a rich spot for paranormal activity. The building was used for storage after a new hospital opened in 1939, and it spent a couple decades abandoned and in disrepair, and popular with ghost hunters. Currently the building has been restored, the graves beneath still undisturbed, and houses the Elder Street Lofts, with 34 residential units.

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    1101 Elder St.
    Houston, TX
    United States

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    29.76888324591646, -95.3679626203766
    Harris County, Texas
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    1. My little sis had an apartment here (Elder Lofts)…in her room there was 2 kids that would play marbles…I saw the little boy out of the corner of my eye. The whole ambiance of the place feels odd. I am sensitive to paranormal too…I hear that people (random folks) are not normally allowed there to hunt on their own, but if you know someone who lives there it’s pretty cool to have the opportunity to experience this place.

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