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#1 Guardian

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Posted 21 September 2022 - 05:41 PM

So in my role as delivery supervisor at Coca-Cola, I venture in to the back doors of a whole heck of a lot of historic places.  One of the most mysterious (to me) was the old St Joseph Hospital in Ft Wayne, IN.  The original part of the building opened its doors in 1869 after having been a hotel since 1854.  Now, the building is being demolished as the company that owns it has built a new, state-of-the-art hospital next door.  

Going in the delivery entrances of most hospitals is a pretty sterile affair.  The receiving dock looks like a dock in any factory, warehouse, or retail store - lots of grey and stainless steel.  Everything is sterile and generally we only go a few steps through the building into a storage room.

However, St Joe, being such an old building that had been added on to and remodeled over the years, was nothing like that.  First off, the receiving area was also where the funeral homes would claim bodies.  This meant that we have delivered while walking past covered stretchers more than once.  In addition, the coroner had his lab in the basement of this building, so quite a few times, bodies were also being delivered through this area.  Second, the kitchen is in the basement.  While this is not unusual, the walls of the basement are old glazed tiles in yellow and light grays.  Just being near them makes you feel as though it’s the 1940s-1960s.   Third, the elevator we used to get to said basement - you guessed it - was also used to move the bodies up and down from the dock area.  Finally, things were always just a bit off.  Not a lot, but just enough to feel like you were in an old horror movie.  There was always a light out here or there.  There were lots of dark corners and unlit rooms that you didn’t want to stare in to.  I always swore I caught fleeting glimpses of something moving out of the corner of my eyes.

Check out this link for a history:  https://www.wpta21.c...tal-fort-wayne/
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Posted 21 September 2022 - 08:15 PM

Thanks for sharing.

I still work at a hospital, which was founded in 1897. Not as old as the one you posted.

I can relate to the corridor thing and have had a lot of experience in the hospital I work at too.

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Posted 22 September 2022 - 09:35 AM

I've always wondered if funeral parlors or other facilities associated with the dead may be a haven for activity. Popular theory suggests activity is most frequently residing in the area where they person has lived or a location that harbors a tragic event. I've never tested these locations in my tenure but I do believe it's possible that they can hold residual energy. Residual energies have also been associated with anniversary hauntings where activity may repeat itself almost on a time and day schedule.

Just one example of this maybe at a gravesite. The land or the location maybe imbedded by relatives or friends mourning their loss. In other words, EVP associated with a gravesite may not be from the dead but in fact an imprint of the living. This can't be tested unfortunately because the majority of EVP recordings are relatively brief and vague.

Thanks for sharing this mysterious place. We have many in Connecticut some originating over 200 years ago. Your posting for the day inspired my thread. Thank you.

Edited by EVP, 22 September 2022 - 11:12 AM.

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