The Haunted Lima Tuberculosis Hospital

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The early 20th century witnessed the spread of a tuberculosis epidemic that ravaged two continents simultaneously, Europe and America. Here, in the States, it became so bad that specialized hospitals were established tasked with taking care of and isolating those who were infected with the deadly disease. One such hospital was founded in Lima, Ohio.

The Lima Tuberculosis Hospital, one of the first of its kind in Ohio, opened its doors to patients on April 5, 1911. Because of the fatality rate associated with the disease, many of the people brought there never recovered and, it is said, continue to wander the hospital even in death.

According to legend, visitors to the long-abandoned hospital describe the feeling of being followed by unseen presences as they pass through the rooms and hallways. Strange noises are often heard, the sources of which can rarely be determined. And, if you’re lucky enough, they say you just might catch a glimpse, however fleeting, of something other-worldly moving quickly through the shadows around you.

There have been reports of a mysterious “pounding noise,” loud and rhythmically steady, that can be heard on the third floor of the hospital. John Albrecht, Jr., paranormal investigator, asserts that this noise isn’t mysterious at all; it emanates, he says, from the Lima Oil Refinery which sits just a few miles down the road.

In January of 1960, the hospital changed its name to Ottawa Valley Hospital. Twelve years later, in 1972, it ceased operation and closed its doors.

In 1978, the building was sold at auction and sat unused until a recreational business began using it as a paintball arena in 1990.

In 1992, the building was sold to Allen County Demolition and, in 2000, the surrounding land was bought by Lima-Allen County Landfill.

To this day, the building sits empty and its current owner, Ben Hefner, has no plans to either demolish or renovate the site.

A WORD TO THE WISE: Allen County Sheriff’s deputies are a vigilant presence at this location and have arrested hundreds of trespassers over the years. All offenders, and I mean ALL offenders, are given 30-day suspended jail sentences (for their first offense) in addition to a hefty $250 fine. If you are caught trespassing, you should expect to spend at least one night in jail. You WILL BE arrested.

The Lima Tuberculosis Hospital is located in Lima, Ohio at 2001 Garden Boulevard.

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