This Creepy Asylum Near Minneapolis Is Still Standing… And Still Disturbing

The city of Anoka is known as the Halloween capital of the world, as they were the first city in the entire United States to celebrate Halloween as a collective. Anoka is the perfect town to celebrate Halloween, because much of the town itself is haunted. Right near Anoka High School is the scariest, most haunted place of them all: the abandoned Anoka State Hospital has quite the disturbing narrative.

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Anoka State Hospital closed its doors in 1999 and let the sinister dealings of its past stop interfering with necessary care for people battling mental health issues. Our hearts go out to the many who passed at the asylum and did not receive the respect and care they deserved. May their souls rest in peace.

If you’d like to take a virtual tour of the grounds, you can watch this 24 minute long mini-documentary made by user MattsRadShow.