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Peoria State Hospital

Peoria State Hospital

Bartonville, Illinois
61607 USA

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Bartonville, IL is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Peoria State Hospital. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

Today this abandoned mental asylum has a long history. The Peoria State Hospital (and originally known as the Zeller Zone) was opened in 1965 and permanently closed in 2002. The Center consisted of ten buildings totaling over 250,000 square feet. This facility was not a stranger to era-related psychiatric practices that today would be classified as torturous. Over its history, lobotomies, electroshock and water therapies techniques were used. It is recorded that 94 lobotomies wer performed on the most insane patients. Unconventional to many of the asylums of this period, they were not the most ruthless. Most agree there were never any abusive studies. The hospital, actually, had one of the highest cure rates in the country. It was also very expensive. Unfortunately, this funding was not enough to keep it operating. Budget cuts finally pushed Peoria State into neglectful and deplorable conditions.

One of the phantoms that haunts the property is said to be Manuel A. Bookbinder, or Old Book. Old Book was a patient who worked with the burial crew at the hospital until his own death. Other paranormal evidence includes shadow persons, EVP digital recordings of phantom voices. strange unexplainable noises and ghostly apparitions have been seen and heard inside the buildings. Outside, the sounds of ambulance sirens and cars driving up to the entrance have also been heard.

Impressive hauntings have lured cable shows to feature this property on their weekly investigations, including Ghost Hunters; Ghost Asylum and Ghost Adventures. Today it is undergoing a planned restoration effort, but some of the buildings have been demolished.
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Date added: Jan/24/2017 | Last time updated: Feb/25/2019
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