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These Creepy Images of An Abandoned Illinois Mental Hospital Will Give You Goosebumps

Located in rural Kankakee County, Manteno State Hospital opened in 1930. It was a psychiatric hospital, most densely populated in the mid-1950s.

Many disturbing things took place here, as you can imagine would be the case at a mental hospital during this time period. For example, there were numerous lobotomies performed, shock treatments, fever cabinets, etc. Manteno was also where many government scientists were sent, where they would perform experiments on patients that would be considered HIGHLY unethical today. It would not have been pleasant to be a patient here. Fortunately, mental health treatment has changed dramatically, but this was the cutting edge during this time period.

Things started out fairly idyllic, actually. Patients would tend to fields, as the hospital was set out in a bucolic setting. There were plenty of dedicated doctors and other nursing staff. Then, “Manteno Madness” took hold (typhoid fever), killing 47. Then there was a snowball effect. The hospital became incredibly crowded, and corners were cut.

Its doors closed in 1985. Yet, many people consider this place one of the most haunted sites in all of Illinois. There have been claims of ghosts walking the hallway, strange auras, and bizarre sounds.

Here are some creepy shots of the place.

Here is a video that gives you a better sense of what the hospital was like.

Have you visited where Manteno once was? Let us know in the comments.

Laura
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