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May. 25th, 2006 | 01:17 am
posted by: spoonx0r in abandonedplaces



Last summer I explored what I thought was an abandoned insane asylum in Kalamazoo, MI. All I had at the time was an early camera phone and a flashlight for taking pictures. The few pics I actually took looked cool but didn't give much detail. So a year later, armed with a fairly decent digital camera and a little research on the building itself, I returned to what I had since learned was the abandoned Southwest Michigan Tuberculosis Sanatorium. While I was somewhat disappointed to learn that it wasn't exactly an "insane asylum", it did house sick mental patients from the nearby Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital and later many senile or disturbed geriatric patients. This explained why many of the rooms had windows in the doors or locked from the outside. And as far as urban exploring goes, it was definitely a treat with all kinds of artifacts and machinery left behind.

We went in at night so I had to use the flash on the camera which means that I wasn't able to really take pictures in any rooms that didn't have boarded up windows (many of the patient rooms and nurses area / day room area) do to the risk of detection from nearby residents or police. This is unfortunate because there is some pretty cool stuff in these areas. I'm going to try to get some daytime shots at some point but I'm not sure when since it's a little riskier going in during the daytime. Anyway, on to the pics!



Kitchen / Dining Areas

















Staff Shower / Locker Areas













Hallways





This room obviously had a fire buring inside it but the items in the room itself are unburned although everything is covered in soot.





Accessway / Storage Room









Basement




That's a lot of phone wire.


I can't say for sure what is covering those pipes, but I have a pretty good guess...







The Morgue




Hey, why not...

More basement...


Weird slot in the door...




This room was labeled "Grease Storage" and it smelled like all kinds of solvents and petroleum products.


I was thirsty, but no luck...


"Hooker Quality"





Transformer Room


These transformers are massive...


Someone had knocked over since my last visit...

Boiler Room


These boilers are enormous...






Long way down...














"Sustacal" is a recurring theme throughout the building...

The Patient Rooms - All three floors of patient rooms are pretty similar with some being more "locked down" than others.








It was probably just rust but it was blood red...


Why are there always piles of shoes in abandoned buildings?




A feast of Sustacal...


Inside the nurses station...


Probably best not to get those mixed up...

Roof Area


A view of the city from the roof, although this shot really doesn't do the real thing justice...


Elevator motors...Oddly enough it appeared that both elevators were actually stopped at the top floor...

Outside - My camera had a real struggle in the very low light conditions, but these two shot are the outside of the building. You can't tell but it's actually quite tall.



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David

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from: juliandrago
date: May. 25th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC)
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you're pretty fucking lucky you didn't get caught. cops are reeeeeally on top of catching kids in that place.

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Eric

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from: spoonx0r
date: May. 25th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
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Being from the area we pretty much know the best way in and out to avoid detection. But yeah, getting busted for trespassing is alawys a risk in this hobby.

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from: physicsduck
date: Feb. 27th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
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I have a lot more detail on the site, including blueprints and over a thousand pictures. If you're interested in learning more, and learning about the future of the site, contact me.

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amanda112280

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from: amanda112280
date: Mar. 26th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
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I have been in the place a few times when younger just so I could look around but never did nething wrong other then b&e lol You have great pictures I didn't see alot of that because I was just walking around a little. It's haunted you know?

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Jason Shmason

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from: thesinistar
date: May. 25th, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
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Wow, that's a lot bigger than the remote TB "ward" here in Athens.

It also looks like it doesn't feature any collapsed floors.

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Sham-and-a-lie

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from: iced_arctica
date: May. 25th, 2006 11:32 am (UTC)
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wow great pics! i especially like the morgue ones :)

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: May. 25th, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
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Kalamazoo sounds like an interesting place. Is the kirkbride mental facility still in use? The water tower is waaaay cool...

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Eric

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from: spoonx0r
date: May. 29th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
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Yup, that's the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital. It's actually one of only three remaining state run hospitals in Michigan.

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~Dellamorte~

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from: ethereal_dusk
date: May. 25th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
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Extremely awesome photographs. The lockers reminded me of a flicker I recently watched about the Waverly Sanitorium in Kentucky, and the locker scene was the first scene to actually make me jump at a movie in more than 20 years. Once again, awesome pics, wish I had some abandoned hospitals around my area.

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funded entirely by parking-ticket revenues

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from: radiation88
date: May. 25th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
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That looks really cool. If you go again, I'd love to tag along. My email is tnorman88ATgmailDOTcom.

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(tr)Ashley

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from: trashley_prime
date: May. 25th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Nice shots, I wish I could hang out in there.

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: May. 25th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
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I can offer you an explanation about why the rooms had lock outs and some were highly secure. In some states and legal jurisdictions, a TB patient could be involuntarily committed for treatment to reduce the public risk. Depending on the patient's condition, this could be a short term or the reminder of their life.

Not everyone was necessaily keen on this idea of staying in a hospital and some individuals would leave normal hospitals before the treatments were complete (and while they were still infectious). Other individuals would be indentified as indigent and could not pay, so they would be sent to these state facilities.

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XevB3k

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from: xevb3k
date: May. 25th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Great pictures. By the looks of all the graffiti in that place, I'm not surprised that the cops keep an eye on it.

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Joe & Ben's Dad

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from: madush69
date: May. 26th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
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Excellent pics. I'd love to get into someplace cool like that.

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DinosaurBob

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from: dinosaurbob
date: May. 26th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
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Great pics! Love the Sustacal cans. ;)

Be careful around those transformers. Old transformers had some NASTY things inside them. Here's a link to an article that talks about it: http://www.planetwaves.net/GEwarm.html

Keep up the great work!

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