It was only after Judge Phil Shook ordered William’s release from the asylum in 1910 that he realized that he should have accumulated a whole lot of money from the holdings and land ownership. On June 17, 1916, William's body was found floating on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. we decided to go back like 20 minutes later and got up the courage to actually go inside. nitram242 has uploaded 10414 photos to Flickr. It has been said that if you go inside there, you can hear people screaming and moaning. Well it freakin worked! Twelve years prior, Browne, alleged to be a heavy-weight drinker, was consigned to the asylum based on the recommendation of one Dr. Miguel Braragon. I've gone to San Antonio nearly every other weekend to go play, camp and hike and rafting. i didnt know this till after i went so next time i go im bringin somethin in case. He's a volunteer firefighter and went there on a call with one other guy. © 2020 Ghost City®, Ghost City Tours®. "The staff is rude and unprofessional. It's been closed for years. San Antonio's most famous haunted landmark. One of these poor souls was Chuauhtemco "Chino" Garcia, just nineteen-years-old, but a big boy, weighing in between 180-190 pounds. yea i went there last night. Been there for 8 years. it was all tagged up and dirty. If you want to report some pictures, let me know and i remove them, if theres a problem. It's our New Year and up there (Scotland) they have a huge celebration. It was no long after this time that William’s father died. sounds like alot of fun. There was old elevator doors and we looked down..it was kind of creepy. I'm taking a digicam and hopefully a voice recorder. Aldridge went on to explain, "I've seen attendants walk up and slap an inmate down on an impulse—for no reason at all. Those who are admitted may have done so voluntarily, but more often than not the choice was not theirs to make. .so chances are if theres a creepy abandoned neighborhood somewhere in the San Antonio area, one of them knows about it and why/if its abandoned and what happened to cause it. I refused. toodles. He should have never been out on the streets. Sometimes when such buildings are left abandonded. Not once did he stay for longer than a period of ninety days, which begs the question: if the Hospital had kept Patrick institutionalized, would he have been driven by some unseen force to brutally stab his mother and father? just parked and stared at it for a while. My best friend and other teens like to go and have themselves a scare. This man who fought in WWII, said of the hospital, "Never again do I want to experience the sight of such cruelties." i was wondering if anybody else knows about this place. To find the hospital, you can use the map we provided. In Scotland, about 8 hours from me, Halloween or Samhain (pronounced Sow- wen) is our higest holiday. Yes there was paper everywhere. Racial desegregation began at the hospital in 1964, as the first African-American patient was admitted. If you walk in the feild past everything you will come across some wooden crosses. The information below is from the San Antonio Paranormal Network: "San Antonio - Old Mental Hospital - an abandoned mental hospital on South Alamo Street. Over time, folklore gave the structure the name the "Midget Mansion." He was a patient and died of a brain tumor. 15:27. He has a history of Violence. Coincidently, (or not), his brother Albert was the Mayor of Brownsville, Texas, at the time of William’s death. Oct 20, 2014 - Explore EllaPadilla's board "San Antonio Abandoned" on Pinterest. he said that they opened an old elavator door and inside were all these papers thrown around. Two years prior to the nursing shortage, there was another sign of trouble, when a lawsuit was brought by a disability group, rightfully arguing that mentally ill prisoners were sitting in jail rather then being placed at SASH. Southwestern Insane Asylum of San Antonio. Trying to scary or going around the building acting nothing is wrong. would love to go there. While there are new buildings in place of the original structures, the hospital is not associated with the nearby, often-photographed ruins that have lit up the Internet in recent years. After expansion in the 1920s, the original Southwestern Insane Asylum (now the San Antonio State Hospital) continued to grow ever larger. On the History or Discovery channel...I 'll find out. san antonio is some what of a drive from houston but to take pics and film at an asylum would totally make my day. It was a scary place we went with like 4 to 5 people. Watch the first one at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NFRDqBvTQc&NR=1 But, once again, don't do anything dumb like try to trespass on private property. I loved it. That's how it is sometimes. First - we cannot stress this enough - do not trespass. Its not even his land! Do you know the name of the building? The asylum building are east of the Cyndi Taylor Krier Juvenile Center on Southton Road. It wasnt true. I'll see if I can google up any info. Arts & Humanities Website. There are a lot more health hazards than there are hazards from haints. but it would be interesting to get to know some people through documents. Another friend of mine said that it is definitely haunted. The facility was built in 1915, as The Home for the Aged, also known as a “poor farm.” It replaced an older poor farm from the 1860s. (Seizures were often deemed to be the sign of an overwrought, mentally unstable individual). A horrifying description that does little to paint the State Hospital in a good light during the 1940s. But don't do it drunk...If you tresspasss and are drunk it's dangerous. Are you visiting San Antonio? but yeah thats my expierience. ive heard someone saying something about an asylum in san antonio too, never found out where it is and totaly would love to check this place out. I heard its where people had been buried. To scare us a away i suppose. But, luckily, just then a doctor walked by. The following year the hospital's capacity averaged around 2,103, which was one of the few years that the hospital did not exceed more patients to beds than they actually had in their disposal. All in all, even if it isnt haunted, it looks and feels damn scary. We were only there for about 5 minutes when our new flashlights were going out. In 1910, the alleged "insane" Browne sued for having been incarcerated at the SASH. If you go back take pictures. The Alamodome has produced quite a few ghost stories as well. they told us to just go home and not to go back. 1910, designed by Atlee B. Ayres. People said that it was originally an insane asylum that had sat empty for some time, haunted and deserted, until the Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) fraternity bought the place and turned it into a frat house back in the 60's. we got to talking about the asylum and ghost tracks and set out to find them. Its been closed for years. After murdering his parents in 1979, Hitler’s Son (more commonly known as Patrick O’Brien, who was not in fact Hitler’s son) was once again checked into the State Hospital. Abandoned Prisons Abandoned Buildings Abandoned Places Mental Asylum Insane Asylum Haunted Asylums Haunted Places Desert Places Abandoned Hospital. It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment. There are also the ever-present homeless and former mental patients and the occasional Satanic dabbler not to mention police and landowners with understandably itchy trigger fingers. All right reserved. Apr 13, 2012 - San Antonio’s haunted abandoned insane asylum The hospital was built on 640 acres, and had the capacity to hold up to 500 patients. This seems to be the case with most of these old places. It was really scary. yeah there's like a detention center right next door isn't there? He is a brilliant man, but a terribly sick man." In Browne, Sr.’s will, William was given a share in a very valuable deal of property. geek. William's body also had third-degree burns, as his son Patrick had attempted to electrocute him prior to the stabbing. In 1979, a 300-pound man named Patrick O'Brien (a 36-year-old recluse), told police after his arrest that he was the son of Hitler and the father of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. Powered by Invision Community, Unexplained-Mysteries.com uses cookies. This case was one of those "stranger than fiction" stories. If you can send/post pictures do so. It scared the sh** out of me and probibily anyone else who has gone. Most professionals, like myself, in the field (psychology) are able to get information because we know how the buildings were once named. Scare me totally but it would be soooo interesting. Abandoned Asylum. Only one thing’s for sure – if you’re a fan of the paranormal, then the abandoned San Antonio asylum … I had an uncle that died there. The root of this was caused by a shortage of nurses, as explained by Carrie Williams, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services (which oversees the San Antonio State hospital): “We have a total of 83 nurse positions at the hospital (SASH), and 12 of those are vacant, plus we have several nurses out for an extended period of time due to medical reasons.” she then added. I suppose it would be much easier and a lot less dangerous to just stay a couple of nights there for a ghost experience. he does say that it's really creepy though. ^^; Everything is left where it was when the bulding became useless. What kind of a hillbilly moron is this guy. (Um, duh!). Weaver H. Baker (Chairman of the State Board of Control) was put in charge of the investigation, though little was ever actually done to help the people held at the San Antonio State Hospital. It would be weird if there wasn’t a single ghostly tale at the property. Today, still, those who died continue to haunt the property. I WASNT THE ONLY ONE THAT SAW IT THOUGH IT WAS ALSO MY FRIEND WHO SAW IT. I had an uncle that died there. Dr. Bremont elaborated by saying that Raul's mental illness condition would not have caused his death. I REMEMBER US WALKIN TOWARDS THE SECONG BUILDING AND ME FLASHING MY FLASH LIGHT TOWARDS THE GRASS IN THE DISTANCE. These restless spirits roam the grounds trying their best to warn current patients, fearful they may meet a similar fate. ^^; Have you ever seen Session Nine? We went back home and Angie start doing a bit of research on the web. Courtesy University of Texas archives ... Ghost Asylum. Below are just a few tales from the past. atascacita(10mins away from 1960 overpass site), "lance stay in your room""why" "cause your an imbarassment", "My job as a skeptic is not to deny the paranormal, but to flush out the fakes so that we focus on the claims worthy of being authentic. It's a pretty neat place to see when you visit San Anto. This is mind boggling to me. The San Antonio Railroad tracks where the school bus full of children who died is a fake. http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online...s/MM/smmun.html. good luck to those of you who are brave enough to enter. "There's nothing to fear but fear itself." We looked in every single room. A short time later, the property became the location for the juvenile home. i mean, aren't those kind of documents highly confidential and stuff? Yea it freaked me out. He turned right around and sued those responsible for his incarceration—it didn’t help that he was now at odds with his siblings, who had purposely stolen the bequeathing from their father’s will and left him to dry. He says that he really does think it's haunted but has never seen anything for himself. our adventure can to an abrupt end when the cops were called on us. The doctor then hollered at the attendants, "Lay off that boy, he's not crazy.". There seemed to be bathtubs and broken toilets in most of the rooms. Rose Fisher Harrison, referred to as a little old lady and a helpless invalid in newspaper accounts, had lost control of her limbs and could no longer take care of herself. why would they do that? Finally, in the year 1910, William Browne was granted a hearing to determine if he was now “sane.” As was done in the day, William was asked a series of perplexing questions. According to legend, a wealthy family moved to San Antonio in the 1920s, the husband having made a considerable fortune starring in Hollywood films as a little person. If you do, you're dumb and you probably deserved to be arrested. Abandoned Asylum in San Antonio Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! Be well and stay safe...I be checking in. and the story i heard is that it closed because the doctors went insane themselves and killed everyone? When we got there, there was some other kids there also, but they got to scared so they left. Interest. There is this Abandoned Insane Asylum in my hometown, San Antonio. here's a link i found of some ghost pics. It was just okay you know seeing what it is and everything, but when we were walkin we saw a figure in the bush and all of a sudden a girl screamin came out of no where 4 times they scream same tone, same length, and same volume. Stupid because there was totally an elevator. However, his brothers, Albert and James I. Browne, and sister Mrs. Caroline de San Roman took control of his share and also other property that William had himself owned. soo i went there the other night and a lot of what yall have to say happened to us as well. Sorry. It's easy! Maybe there's a federal law forbidding the reuse of old hospital equipment. we bought along video cameras but for some reason the battery died when we got near the asylum so we couldnt capture the noises. He also added that they would have had to stomp his guts out to get him to work for them. They're usually have everything there when it was left. This abandoned asylum has been empty for several decades and is now owned by the county. It took me awhile to work up the courage to go until last halloween. ", "War is a series of catastrophys whitch result in victory.". Franklin D Roosevelt. It was "tagged" everywhere from previous kids. Don't worry! Explore nitram242's photos on Flickr. - Sign In or Create Account - Sign in to follow this . I SAW A FIGURE OF SOMETHING THAT ONCE THE LIGHT HIT IT IT DUCKED DOWN UNDER THE TALL GRASS. Not Much Is Known About The Abandoned San Antonio Facility Decaying In Texas. Unexplained-Mysteries.com Would anyone know the name of the Hospital? With a history as murky as the San Antonio State Hospital's, reports of haunting are undoubtedly believable. Good luck and let me know. He also had a nervous condition that needed to be attended to. I believe it also attracts evil spirits. The value of these holdings grew steadily over the next decade, while William Browne continued to sit and wait for a possible release from the Insane Asylum. I also heard stories of that same fire escape being a slide that they transported "bodies" because they didnt fit on the stairs. Only, Dr. Braragon’s diagnosis and condemnation of Browne was done without an adequate examination and the proper process of law. its located off of highway 37 and southton rd behind the TYC bulding. The history of the San Antonio State Hospital (originally called the Southwestern Insane Asylum), is one that is especially hard to grasp. I don't know if Danvers (the place in the film) is still standing or not but there are others. Check it out on this site. There are 3 buildings. The four abandoned buildings near the site of the hospital actually belonged to the Bexar County Juvenile Home for Boys. i'm always interested in what do people in the asylium see or hear. this gave me chills as you can expect. The first center established in Texas for those suffering from mental illness was the Texas State Lunatic Asylum (later assigned a more, shall we say, politically correct misnomer: the Austin State Hospital), though the site did not begin operating till May of the year 1961, when Dr. Beriah Graham admitted the inaugural 12 patients. i would love to go again. I didnt see anything left behind though. By (Disclaimer: the San Antonio State Hospital does not treat its patients like this any longer). Feenix Fire, October 15, 2005 in Ghosts, Hauntings & The Paranormal. The CEO of the Center for Health Care Services, Leon Evans, said of the problem at SASH, “We’ve been underfunded in behavioral services in Texas so long, and we don’t think outside the box.” Evans goes on to say, “Our funding is in silos, and we’ve got people taking up beds at the state hospital that don’t belong there, people with Alzheimer’s and closed-head injuries, taking up civil beds. Everything gets left behind. Also in 1964, case worker, Helen Cloud Austin, became the first African-American to become a member of the hospital’s elite staff. when we got there we looked around and simply debated whether to even go in or not. lol anywho. There's a lot of haunted crap in San Antonio anyway. San Antonio State Hospital, Texas, "Hard prison style benches and tables grace the mess hall / The above picture was taken when 1600 patients sat down for dinner." I'd love to go explore a place like that. He was also a smart kid, who was attending the University of Texas just before he was admitted into the San Antonio State Hospital. By using this site you consent to our use of cookies as per our. Interesting building. See more ideas about Abandoned, San antonio, Abandoned houses. Especially downtown Alamo area. Abandoned Asylum in San Antonio Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! Their online reviews are quite eerie. It's probably the spirits of the dead people there. He is busy. we new were the tracks were and heard that the asylum was close by. Great quality costumes and props. Try this site http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online...s/MM/smmun.html. The hospital was essentially a self-sufficient village with crops, livestock and … A number of Valley people died under mysterious circumstances at the San Antonio State Hospital, ranging from teenagers to the elderly. You got to watch out when you go theres a neighbor that protects the property that has a shotgun. He lunged for a chair, grabbing and positioning it before him to protect himself from their attack. You know, you would think that would make the news. And we have no community-based alternatives, no step-down units, no residential treatment facilities.”, Judge Oscar Kazen who presides over Bexar County's Mental Health Court, commented, “It’s only in the last couple of years that we’ve been able to convince University (Hospital) to begin taking unfunded involuntary patients". Ghost City Tours offers the best Ghost Tours in San Antonio. Hey there guys. The hospital was essentially a self-sufficient village with crops, livestock and a lake for fishing. then the neighbor fired a shot into the air which scared us half to death so we drove away. Raul's physician, Dr. G. S. Bremont, said of his passing, "I was surprised when I learned Raul Chapa was dead." This is where the story gets a little strange, and it’s necessary for us to rewind a bit—twelve years—to not longer after William was put in the Southwestern Insane Asylum in the first place. Abandoned Asylum in San Antonio Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! There is, however, other evidence as to how his family felt about about poor William—and that “feeling” was not warm or loving at all. It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment. Upon Aldridge's refusal to mop the floor, one of the attendants directed profanity at him. The site was eventually abandoned, possibly due to asbestos. Before she was admitted, a doctor made a comment to police, saying of Mrs. Harrison, "She's so old—we want the young ones.". Especially the old equipment that was used at that time. And in the many years following their deaths, the Hospital continues to play host to the ghosts of both the mentally ill as well as the people who were wrongfully checked in. Do the legal enforcers know about this guy? There is no evidence to suggest whether William Browne won or lost his particular trial. The TB Hospital at Waverly in Kentucky is one of the most haunted locations in the US. We’d been told that in San Marcos there was a huge, haunted abandoned building near a place with the creepy name of Purgatory Creek. We were kind of scared that the cops would bust us because we heard stories from kids at school going and getting caught. A current employee said of the SASH, "I work there. Also i read that if you go bring some protection, theres people that will hi jack your car, rob you, and other things. Rumored to be haunted. Aldridge spent three months in the San Antonio State Hospital in 1944. It looked like torn up dictionary pages..and files I supose. local author jessica j herrera aka the dark queen discusses her findings while researching for her latest book. For-profit immigrant detention centers, failing to meet daycare center standards, released 500 asylum seekers at bus stations around the city. Any of these little investigations is fraught with real danger. Donations Accepted.Step Into The Asylum! Answer: it was the Bexar County Juvenile Home for Boys. After spending over a decade in the asylum, William Browne, was once again free to live his life. “We’ve had several nurses recently leave for other positions in the community.”. He picked up one of them and said it was a record for some lady that was admitted there. At the time Chino entered the hospital he was not physically ill, but a mere three days later he died. The missions are said to be very haunted too. In the year of 1910, the hospital was given a hundred thousand dollars for expansion, and by 1912 they were able to accommodate up to 1,140 patients. The halls of this institution are littered with the discarded memories of former patients. then somebody from the house across the street shot off their shotgun. I was with a few friends and we went and bought a few flash lights. "Personally, they didn't treat me mean," Aldridge said, before adding, "But the helpless and really insane were treated in a brutal manner. I told about this site and my screen name so when she saw it she called me right away. He adds “We are now down to a sinking lifeboat. Here's how the community responded. Abandoned Mansion More information The San Antonio Insane Asylum Although very little is known about the San Antonio Insane Asylum, formally called the Southwestern Insane Asylum when it opened on April 6, 1892, it is heavily guarded by the police today. A relief on his part, no doubt, since he’d been locked away in the asylum for a dozen years. Even so, the hospital almost always surpassed capacity. The SASH is one of ten state mental health facilities operated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). I've seen men stomped, and I've seen them force insane people to work.". He is brilliant and we will travel around with my camera once the University is out in May/June. The Crockett hotel is supposed to be haunted. that abandoned mental hospital is currently home to the cities homeless...I dont recommend anyone going there to see for yourself...dangerous place, also its full of asbestos, so maybe the govt is planning another random airliner attack on the building so they dont have to pay for costly asbestos removal...(i was being sarcastic), this is one of the most interesting threads i have read for a while. Aldridge's nervous condition was only getting worse, so he committed himself to the SASH as an ultimate last resort. Doors will slam shut and creek open. - Sign In or Create Account - Sign in to follow this . A concerned mother commented. It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment. Man, that would be sick hey. Ahhhh... SAN ANTONIO... what a beautiful place! AT THAT TIME SOMETHING MADE US RUN AND AS SOON AS WE STARTED RUNNING I HEARD ALOT OF DIFFERENT CRIES OF SEEMED TO BE PEOPLE ASKINS FOR HELP...IT WAS WILD AND SCARY BUT I'M WILLING TO DO IT AGAIN. He added, "Chapa was not a violent mental case. Im wondering now about the legalities of it all, and if this guy has fought to have the town/city tear it down. they really left all the documents and instruments and stuff? While we will never know the particulars of William Browne’s death, it’s safe to say that his siblings were once again in control of his finances. He called shadows that looked like midgets. Thankfully, Browne was successful in answering all of inquiries to the judge's satisfaction—he thus was legally restored as a sane man. The Superintendent of SASH recognized that the hospital was at its breaking point, and that it was in desperate need of additional facilities. My best friend and other teens like to go and have themselves a scare. For over a decade William fought for his freedom, only to be selfishly blocked by those (his siblings) who were interested in keeping him locked away. ", Just before Christmas of 2014, the hospital announced that they were unable to admit any more patients. ive never heard of the place but its sounds really scary i dont belive tha ppl can go there i would never do it id get to scared, it sounds really cool so if any1 does get some photos or film im definately gonna watch it. we began to hear what sounded like moans. Aug 20, 2013 - Abandoned San Antonio Insane Asylum. We didnt actually read them. Because apparently there an unspoken code that only the “crazies” could be mistreated. Countless newspaper accounts have reported on the horrific conditions at the San Antonio State Hospital since its construction--and for many years, those who were sent there were deemed to be "on the march of death." Photographs of abandoned places and some amazing architecture. 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