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The Mental Hospital is located in Manteno, Illinois and was abandoned in the early 1980's. At one time, over 8,000 patients were housed in the facility. With a staff of less than 300, the facility had a reputation for inadequate care. Stories of patient abuse surfaced--and hundreds of patients died during their "treatment".
Now, only one building on the original campus remains untouched. The others have been demolished or renovated. I visited the facility yesterday as I don't expect it to be around much longer. There is a new housing development going up right next to it now--and I expect this building to go down within a year.
This building is well known to "ghost hunters" around the country. Visitors report hearing screaming--and some insist that they've seen ghosts.
I wasn't too concerned about the ghosts for two reasons. First, the building has deteriorated so much that I practically felt like I was outside in many of the rooms! Next, HDR Efex Pro2 has the "Ghost Reduction" feature--which I set at 100%.
My biggest concern was either meeting up with a less than desirable character in there, or having a portion of the roof fall me.
All of these photos were taken yesterday with my D800 and 14-24 2.8:
Thanks for looking...
Edited on Apr 18, 2013 at 01:37 AM · View previous versions