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Feb. 9th, 2008 | 02:45 pm
posted by: laurapalmer813 in abandonedplaces

I know I may have posted about this place before, but now I've rescanned everything (everything I had - still looking for the negatives) and so you need to see it again, in all its awesomeness! For it is: Mudcura Sanitarium!!! (Also known as "Hell House," or "Satan House")


Here it is on a postcard from 1914. Here is what Action Squad has to say about it (scroll past my bad scans to the text underneath). It was a place where people with rheumatoid arthritis would take mud baths, and then it was used as a monastery.


And here it is in 1996!


Picture from 1924.


Some arthritics getting the mud in 1910.


And here it is in 1996 again! That's the year we went. I found it based on a tip I had heard from someone. It was sooooo beautiful!


I don't know what it was about that place though. It gave me the fuckin' heebie-jeebies! It was creepy up one side and down the other! There was even a stagnant pool full of what looked like shiny black balls floating in black water in a room in the basement. That freaked my shit right out.


I never did get a good, solid picture of the whole thing. But then, I had that scorching case of crappycameraitis. I never got a picture of the full front, where across the top someone had painted "HELL HOUSE." I can only tell you it was awesome, yet I have nothing to back that up.






This is as much of the front in one picture as I ever got. Pay no attention to the ghost.


The building was like 3 buildings stuck together; the front building and then two wings that came off either side in the back. This narrow courtyard was between the wings.


The courtyard as seen from inside on the main floor.


And as seen from the second floor. See how on the 2nd and 3rd floors there is just a metal bridge between the buildings, with no railing? I never did go out on those.


The creepy stream out back.




I hate to end this story so soon, but not too long after I found the place, this happened. I remember it was late 1997. There had been a fire in there before that supposedly kids had set, and it had burned through the roof and the floor below. I don't know who set this one. A lone arsonist, kids partying, or someone wanting insurance money? I have no idea, but it was a sad, sad day.

I hadn't been there for a long time before that, and one night my boyfriend and I got this strange urge to go there. As we drove down the road, there was an eerie orange glow. I think it may have been screaming and on some level, we heard it. Poor Hellhouse!


This was what was left after the fire.




Now I hear there is no trace of it ever having been there, other than the metal gates along the highway.

But hey! At least there are the interiors, which I will post sometime soon!

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Triggur

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from: triggur
date: Feb. 9th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Please do! I'd love to see the interiors.

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Darcy

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from: drellakowalski
date: Feb. 9th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Great post! It does look horribly creepy and I love seeing the old postcards too. Can't wait for interiors!

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Feb. 9th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! :)

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korio

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from: korio
date: Feb. 9th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Great pictures! I love the stop Arson poster in the last picture.

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Feb. 9th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Yeah the sign is what made me think it was arson in the first place, that and it makes sense.

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Feb. 9th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! No, I didn't get nearly as many photos as I wish I had. I must have just thought, ah, I can go back! And the black ball room scared me so bad I don't think I could have worked the camera!

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.•:*¨¨*:•.baby's looking torn and frayed.•:*¨¨*:•.

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from: secrets_n_lies
date: Feb. 9th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
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oh thankyou for posting these pics. hell house was one of the top places on my list to visit on my US haunted places tour i wanted to do and i was very sad when i heard it burned down.

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Feb. 10th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome! I know there are other people out there with pictures of the place, but apparently no one who posts on the internet.

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from: mr_kit
date: Feb. 10th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
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Wow. Superb!

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Feb. 10th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

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Mr. Bingle

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from: kahoki
date: Feb. 10th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
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Sanitariums tended to have wing layouts that maximized perimeter windows and sunlight to the patients, hence more rectangular wings with courtyards like that.

The basement might have been frogs eggs, but would have to see a picture to be sure. One retirement home that my friends checked out had a couple of feet of water in the summer and a couple of feet of ice in the winter after a hard freeze.

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Feb. 10th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking it might be eggs, but they were waaaay too big to be bug eggs. Frog eggs they could have been, but I've never seen eggs to compare these to so I'm not sure if they were.

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interit

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from: a_muse_d
date: Feb. 10th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
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heh.. Shakopee is where the Renaissance festival is held in Minnesota. my family used to go there when i was a kid. i should ask my mom if she knows any stories about the "Hell House".

nice ghostie ;)

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Feb. 11th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
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Thanks :) It wasn't actually in Shakopee, it was in Chanhassen just north of Chaska. I don't know why the web site puts in in Shakopee, but its down in the same general area, so your mom may have still heard something!

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Sam Adams

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from: perruche_verte
date: Feb. 10th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
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There is another account of the site here (no pictures, unfortunately).

It's a shame it met such a fate, but the city of Chanhassen (not Shakopee - there's some confusion about that) wouldn't do anything to preserve it, so it was really just waiting to burn down.

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Feb. 11th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
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Thanks so much for linking to that story! It gives the date of the fire, and more details than the site I found. I remember that people used to say it was an "insane asylum" but I already knew to take that with a grain of salt, since the abandoned old folks' home I used to visit was always referred to as such by people who had no idea how to go to the library and look something up! Unfortunately, with Hell House I couldn't find any info. My theory at the time was that it was some kind of Catholic boarding school. I guess a monastery isn't THAT far off! :)

Yes, it was in Chanhassen, just north of Chaska. A lot of people thought it was in Chaska because the settled part of Chanhassen was further away than Chaska. I had never heard that it was in Shakopee before that web site (which I am in no way affiliated with, I just sent them my photos because they asked!)

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animatedbeauty

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from: animatedbeauty
date: Jan. 30th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
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I live 10 minutes from the old property in which this lovely old building used to stand. Unfortunately it does not exist anymore. I have also heard that it was a school at one point though and although I haven't been to the property I do know others who have been there. I just never imagined it being as beautiful as it was in your pictures! I'm glad I was able to see it finally :)

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daeronmodaen

full frontal picture

from: daeronmodaen
date: Jul. 13th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
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Heres that front picture youve been looking for.
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A bit more to this story in reguards to it burning down. serveral people claimed they witnessed the local police entering the building only a few hours before the fire started, carring large containers. a lot of the people i knew who frequented the place as much as i have insisted the place was burned down by the local cops. the local cops were terrified of the place, and many refused to even enter. i dont know if the cops were responsible, but i do know for a fact that the fire was either of supernatural origin or took quiet a lot of accelerants to start, the building was so saturated with moisture it was nearly impossible to burn anything, we had difficultly lighting candles. as far as the eggs go, the marshland behind the building was home to many species of water plants, a few of which were very unique in nature, many of which had a blackish bulb that would float to the waters surface. the land is currently being used for scientific research dealing with the environment. during the entire year i had been visiting prior to the fire, we had heard rumors of another basement that had been sealed off, during one of the buildings several rennovations. we did find possible evidence just 2 months before the fire happened. we found it quiet odd that shortly after we began attempting to varify if what we found was what people were suggesting was a possible additional basement, that the building burned to the ground, the local fire marshal was quoted as saying the flames were shooting over fifty feet off the top of the roof, and the local air traffic had also been diverted due to the heat from the fire. to clarify what we had found, for those curious, was a wooden floor within one room in the basement, within the room, you could see where an archway was bricked off using brick that did not match those that actually made up the arch, the arch stood aproximate 4 feet from the ground up. we didnt even notice this till about the 100th time in the room, dirt and other unknow substances almost completely hid it. we actually on our last trip began removing the floor boards in the room, and discover the begining of a flight of stairs, 3 stairs in all. on another note, i am friends of the one of the members of the family who at one point owned the building while it was still in operation. also to bring a bit more curiousity to the story, my great grandfather was one of the foreman during its last rennovation before being abandoned. he kept extensive journals from his life, and included a strange comment about the building, that said, "it will be too soon the next time i return to this place." also he said many of the workers had very unusaul experiences while working on the project. he didnt note any in detail. the last note, on the night the building burned down, one of my aunts committed herself into religious asylum for protection (which she never explained to anyone) and my other aunt decided to burn my great grand father's journals.

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Jul. 13th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
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Hey, thanks for the picture! That's an intriguing story, it really makes me wish I could go back there and explore more (and get better pictures, too!)

I've seen an arch like that in another building. It wasn't bricked up - there was just dirt on the other side, and plastic and stuff. I think in that case, it was a conduit for steam pipes from the power plant that was in a separate building. Maybe that's what this was, or maybe it was something else. Sad that we'll never know! :(

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daeronmodaen

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from: daeronmodaen
date: Jul. 14th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
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no problem, thanks for posting your pictures, its nice to see the sight being remembered. When it burned down, i nearly cried. it was like i lost an old friend. i think one of these days ill pay the sire a visit, see if anything remains at all, its hard for me to believe that they removed the basement area. i think they just bull dozed over the top of it. i do still have my keep keep sake from the sight, its an old bottle i found there. i still havent been able to figure out how old it is, but its old. actually found it under the wooden floor we dug up. i should end this, cause i could type all night about the hell house. way to many experiences to mention. thanks again for posting all these pictures. really awesome.

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Chaska Hell House

from: pantherzman
date: Oct. 12th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
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I moved down here about 6 years ago and JUST heard about this place. I lived in Chaska for a few years and never heard of it. This is utterly fascinating, I love stuff like this. It is so interesting to hear all the stories and see all the pics! Thank you for posting your pictures, they are fantastic! I wish I could have seen this place while it was still up, I would've gone there in a heartbeat. Do you have anymore pics or does anyone else have any? I am going to try and find some more info about this place, I just can't get enough!

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Memories from '87-'89

from: kevinnc_07
date: Dec. 24th, 2015 12:08 am (UTC)
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Wow, a friend of mine was talking about this place as he was driving truck when this was burning in '97. I did a search and this brings back so many memories. I would run "tours" here in '87-'89 for anyone that wanted to see the "Chaska Hell House". Blast from the past!!

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