The assigned post for this week is to blog about a real haunted house. Yep, had to research this one. I’ve never spent the time “researching” haunted houses before. Most of what I found aren’t real haunted houses. Instead they were haunted house attractions for Halloween.
While not a house, there is one location out here in Utah I’ve heard about. It’s a haunted hospital. The hospital is in Tooele (pronounced To-will-ah), Utah and is now used for ghost hunts, tours, and they also have a fright tour. Here’s a picture of the hospital.
I only knew about this place because a lady I new at my last job went on a ghost hunt. Sadly their group didn’t see anything when she went.
As you might expect, as a hospital there are many spirits that have apparently found their eternal residence there. In looking this up I’ve learned that the hospital featured in Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. And it apparently was used to film The Stand by Steven King. Huh, how about them apples?
It has the (to someone like me) seemingly common mists, orbs, EVP recordings. However, there is one part of this place that sounds really interesting to me. A portal. Yep, there is a spiritual portal where apparently they dead want to go to thinking it is the way to heaven. The story goes that a spirit by the name of Maria guards the portal to keep others from crossing it. Mighty helpful lady.
But there’s also a dark entity there believed to be the spirit of Wes, a former patient who passed away there. He apparently doesn’t want to cross over.
I picked this place for the post for two reasons:
1) It’s local and probably not as well known by my classmates (you never know)
2) I can see the idea that a hospital would have many instances of paranormal activity and could provide for quite a story for someone living and sensitive to such activity. I also think it’s interesting that while so many people do not like the feel of hospitals that there would be spirits that hang around it. That could be interpreted in different ways depending on what you want to happen in a story. With the plethora of instances in the hospital, it would be interesting to write a story about someone who (unlike most of the visitors) does not use technology in any way to communicate with the spirits. Personally that’s a hangup I have with ghost stories.
Let me know if you have heard of this place or have or will visit it. I’d like to read actual accounts.