Click the pics of the old Phelps Dodge hospital..... if you dare.
It's hard to get a good picture of the old hospital because it's surrounded by overgrown bushes, fencing, and outbuildings. And I was taking these pictures just before dark on my way home.
This is the old closed, boarded up, out of business, Phelps Dodge hospital in Ajo. Built in 1919 and closed in the late 1980s. It's current claim to fame is not of great doctors and healing miracles but being one of the most haunted places in Arizona.
I don't know if it is or not, but I would love to go in it and find out, as long as I didn't have to go down to the basement where the morgue often was, especially at night.
It's got all the hallmarks of being haunted. It obviously looks haunted, especially at night. And being a hospital, you know there was some bad mojo going on in there when it was overflowing with the sick and dying.
Mining is a perilous job, and the ways of getting killed or mutilated working in a mine are endless. From accidental dynamite explosions, falling in a vat of aqua regia , or having a giant boulder roll on top of you, mining always has, and always will be a very dangerous profession.
There are local stories about strange sights and sounds in and around the old hospital, even though it's boarded up, the driveways are chained off, and there's no electricity. All those things might keep people out, but I would be more worried about the people that died there and are unable to leave.
There are residential houses on three sides of the hospital, and I pity the children that have to look out their bedroom windows at night, and all they can see is that huge, dismal, building with its creaky stairs, loose boards on the windows banging in the wind. And strange lights flickering in the windows.
I wonder if there was a psych ward in the hospital for the miners that lost their minds breathing the chemical fumes or the constant pressure of keeping that train full of ore from jumping the tracks and tumbling down into the pit. Yeah, if there's any place around here that's haunted, that hospital would be it.
It's been for sale for a long time, and last time I looked, the old hospital building still is. Its 29,000 sq. feet on 4 acres for about $350,000. I don't know how much it would cost to get all the restless spirits out of there or, "who you gonna call?" But the Ghostbusters would be a good choice.
The old deserted hospital sits on top of a knoll so it looks down on most of the town. The real estate brochure even says it has great views. but whose seeing those views? Certainly not the living. maybe the current ethereal occupants of the hospital will make sure no one ever buys it and disturbs their eternal view.
The nearby neighbors say they often hear footsteps on the creaky, rusted metal, fire escape. Is that the way the spirits come and go? Does the fire escape go all the way down to the morgue?
When they closed the hospital for good, did someone go down into the basement to see if anyone was left behind? Perhaps a tiny body, forgotten in a dark corner of the morgue, that would explain neighbors hearing a crying child, walking the endless hospital hallways on moonless nights.