Opened in 1910 to house 40-50 tuberculosis patients, the Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky closed its doors in 1961 when antibiotics made such places obsolete, but it reopened as an old age home before shuttering for good in the early 1980’s. The hospital has gained fame thanks to the show Ghost Asylum as being one of the most haunted hospitals in the Eastern United States.
In its day, the hospital was considered advanced, but even so, most of the patients who came in, left in body bags. The treatments seem torturous by today’s standards and included things like inserting balloons into patient’s lungs to try to allow them to expand and bring in more air. Suffice it to say, many patients died horrific, painful deaths behind these walls.