One of the most haunted buildings in the American southwest
There’s no better location for a ghost hunter than an old sinister-looking abandoned hospital. Yes, there’s the obvious appearance you get with any abandoned location, that strikes you with fear, but then there’s the fact that many people would have suffered great agony, and tragically lost their lives within. The spirits of whom will undoubtedly linger, reliving their dying days for all eternity inside its crumbling walls. The Beach Army Hospital just north of Mineral Wells is the embodiment of such a building…
Located in the old Fort Wolters military installation (then the U.S. Army Primary Helicopter School), the Beach Army Hospital was built sometime in the 1950s, opening its doors in 1957 to active duty military personnel and their families based there. As the United States Army Primary Helicopter School, Fort Wolters saw around 40,000 student pilots pass through there, many of them destined to serve in Vietnam.
The hospital closed its doors in 1973, along with Fort Wolters, just a couple of months before all troops withdrew from Vietnam. Since then the base and the hospital have been left to decay.
Poltergeist activity, disembodied voices, and dark entity more…
Operating for just 16 years, in terms of age, the building isn’t your typical hotspot for paranormal activity, however, when you consider the unquestionable amount of deaths here, you can start to understand just why this place is believed to be so haunted. Although the exact number of deaths is unknown, many pilots lost their lives in flight training accidents at Fort Wolters, many of whom would have died in the hospital itself. The families of military personnel were treated here, so the likelihood is that many of those died here too.
As well as the spirits of past patients, something more sinister lurks within. The current owners had the misfortune of discovering the building had been subjected to satanic rituals. They found clear signs such as pentagrams and upside-down crosses painted on the walls of a former patient’s bedroom. According to the owner, “the family dog nearly jumped out of the second-story window when brought in there.”
In the hospitals’ basement, a dark presence is said to lurk. Disembodied groans, bangs, and an overwhelming sense of panic have been reported here, as well as the feeling of someone breathing on your neck.
On the second floor, you’ll likely hear the disembodied voices of men and women reverberating around the stairwell and hallways, or see the blackened apparitions of former patients standing in the shadows.
There has also been reported poltergeist activity, with heavy metal doors slamming shut in the distance, and objects moving before your very eyes!
Do you think you have what it takes to come face to face with what may be lurking in the shadows at this old abandoned military hospital?