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The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a closed sanatorium located in southwestern Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky. It opened in 1910 as a two-story hospital to accommodate 40 to 50 tuberculosis patients. In the early 1900s, Jefferson County was ravaged by an outbreak of tuberculosis (the “White Plague”) which prompted the construction of a new hospital. The hospital closed in 1961, due to the antibiotic drug streptomycin that lowered the need for such a hospital.
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is very famous for being haunted. It is ranked among the top most scary or haunted places in the United States and is visited by many people, both paranormal and ghost hunters or investigators, and regular people who just want to see the place for themselves. Waverly Hills is notorious for being very scary because many claim that the place has different kinds of hauntings. There are ghosts, moving shadows, cold spots, inexplicable screams and wailings, balls of light and other spooky oddities.
Waverly Hills is located on top of a hill overlooking the city of Louisville, Kentucky. It looks as creepy and foreboding as the legends of the property describe. Waverly Hills’ haunting stories are usually based on the accounts of many deaths and brutal experiences of patients who stayed in the sanatorium as well as it’s 1962 incarnation, the Woodhaven Geriatric Center, a nursing home primarily treating aging patients with various stages of dementia and mobility limits, as well as the severely mentally handicapped. Woodhaven was closed by the state in 1982 allegedly due to patient neglect.
One of the features of Waverly Hills is the “death tunnel”. A tunnel running from the building to the bottom of the hill that was originally built for employees and supplies to be transported more efficiently. With so many deaths occurring at the height of the TB plague, the tunnel was used to transport dead bodies out of the sanatorium so as not to alarm the other patients.
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John is joined by guest host Ryan Clark from Cincinnati Ohio who grew up in Kentucky within a mere three miles of Waverly Hills Sanatorium. This could explain Ryan’s life long interest in the paranormal!
Ryan also regales us with another Louisville legend, the “Pope Lick Monster” who is supposed to reside under an old train trestle spanning the Pope Lick Creek.
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This part man, part goat being is apparently fated to patrol the trestle area tempting people who go there to try to cross the trestle. When they get half way a train suddenly comes. Since there is no room on either side, there only chance at survival is to hang off the edge until the train passes. Most cannot hang on that long and fall eighty feet to there death.