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10 places to visit in the spooky season

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 22, 2014, 2 p.m.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was first opened in the 1850s in Weston, West Virginia. Designed to hold 250 patients, the asylum was perpetually overcrowded, housing more than 2,500 people in the 1940s and '50s. Journalists who visited the hospital at the time reported poor conditions including plumbing problems and a lack of heat. The building was finally closed in the 1990s after patients were transferred to a more-modern institution. It has been vacant since, though festivals and events are often held outside the building on the grounds.

Because of the reports of poor conditions and the rumors that patients were sometimes kept in cages when they could not be controlled, Trans-Allegheny is surrounded by ghost stories. Several cable “ghost-hunting” shows have visited the asylum, and there are daily ghost tours. All-night ghost hunting events are hosted on the weekends.