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Fergus Falls State Hospital - part 5

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Jan. 12th, 2007 | 10:17 am
posted by: laurapalmer813 in abandonedplaces

This is the last batch of pictures of Fergus Falls State Hospital. There have been some comments on my past posts that this place isn't decayed or abandoned enough. I realize its not as rotting and peely as other places like this, or as decaying as I and many others would prefer. People still care about this place and they keep it clean. Most important, they keep people out. Which is good in some ways (no vandals) and bad in other ways (no me). Today's area was my favorite, so try to enjoy the pictures anyway, despite their lack of decrepitude!


spiral staircase to the tower that has never been used.


I'm throwing this one from July in here so you can see where we are. Yesterday's pictures were on the third floor (remember all the curtains?), and today's are on the fourth floor. Those 2 little windows behind the spiral staircase are the windows front and center under the tower. The tour guide talked about the tower but I was mostly off taking pictures. Why can't I ever just stand there and listen when people are talking? No, I have to be trying to get pictures of every damn inch of the building! I did the same thing last time, and this time I swore I'd listen. I even heard a little snippet about a ghost, but did I listen? Shame on me!




these little rooms were off to either side of the spiral stairs.






I thought for sure this one would kill my battery, but it held out till the end. Good battery!










I really love this one. See the ghost? :)
Seriously, if there was a ghost anywhere in the buildings that we went, and I am by no means saying there was, but if there was it was up on this floor.


looking back toward the stairs.

the last door on the left is a bathroom:

I loved this sink. I didn't notice till Sharon pointed it out yesterday that there is a message written on the mirror. I see "die" and possibly "die" again with something in between. Well it doesn't look like my name so *whew*! OH! Its DANNY! "die Danny die!" What is the obsession with writing "die" in abandoned buildings anyway? I always see it.


the stairs going down to the 3rd floor. See the ghost? That would be part of the tour group walking in front of my camera while I was trying to take a picture! :)

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the Sooz

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from: furikku
date: Jan. 12th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Wow, those staircase rooms are gorgeously spooky!

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Sweet Madness

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from: sweetmadnes
date: Jan. 12th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
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i've been enjoying these pictures immensely. thanks for posting them. i think the architecture is stunning. i'd love a closer picture of that sink!!

anyway, they're decrepit enough for me. thanks.

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Jan. 12th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
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you're quite welcome! :)

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from: zuha
date: Jan. 12th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
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I love the stairs as well! The last picture with the 'ghost' is awesome. :)

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Jan. 12th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
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thanks! :)

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Jenna

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from: _your_lover_
date: Jan. 12th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
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I love this place. I wanna live there.

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florafloraflora

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from: florafloraflora
date: Jan. 12th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for this series of photos. Personally I like that this place is in such gorgeous shape. I hope they find something good to do with it.

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*Mrs Angela*

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from: glass_doll
date: Jan. 12th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
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ohh love the staircases

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m_appeal

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from: m_appeal
date: Jan. 12th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Oh these are lovely. thank you for the photos. i really love that bathroom!

I actually like the fact it is not decrepit, you don't see that in abandoned buildings too much anymore.

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m_appeal

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from: m_appeal
date: Jan. 12th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
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btw, are you from MN?

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m_appeal

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from: m_appeal
date: Jan. 12th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
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ah, i just looked on your journal. I am originally from a small town in northern MN, on Lake Superior. that is why i asked!

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Jan. 13th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome! I'm originally from North Dakota, 2 hours away from Fergus Falls. Are you from around Duluth? Lake Superior is such a beautiful area!

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saintregis

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from: saintregis
date: Jan. 12th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for sharing these with us! Great pictures and it's so nice to hear that someone cares about this wonderful place.

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demon to some, angel to others

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from: dyinginwinter
date: Jan. 12th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
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These all have been spectular. I would love to have all of the fourth floor to live in, and access to the tower. I wonder how much they might take as a donation for monthly rent... hmmm...

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Jan. 14th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
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I don't know, but whatever they would take for just one night, I would find a way to pay! :)

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bowerbird blues

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from: giant_bee
date: Jan. 13th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
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I love them.

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Steph

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from: banana_bananza
date: Jan. 14th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
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i love that staircase!
the place looks beautiful!

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jan. 17th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Where you trying to get the double exposure (after image) in photo (file name) "pic/002b6rws" ? Look to the left of the window and zoom in just a bit (150% should do). Look at the area between the wall brace and the window. Do you see anything interesting or is that figure an optical illusion?

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Jan. 17th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
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:O I don't see anything, but then I'm on a PC with no photo software right now. There is a roundish light spot between the wall braces, but I see nothing but cracks by the window. It is entirely possible there was someone in the room when I took the picture. That would be my explanation for the light spot. So many people were milling about, and while I tried to get all the pictures I could sans people, some snuck in here and there.

I'm going to take a closer look at that one when I get home!

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jan. 17th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
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I waited to comment on this post and picture till most of the other viewers where looking at other (later) posts. When I first looked at the photo, in the area mentioned, I got the impression there was someone standing where that light spot is, and you'd double exposed the shot to give the "ghost" image (hence the comment). It's entirely possible that the water stains on the back wall and the missing motar on the wall create an optical illusion; but the 'stain' seems to be in front of the wall rather than on it.

I may copy and look at the image when I get home too. At the last three sites I've shot (in December and January), I've gotten some really "interesting" shadows and after-images in a number of photos. At one model shoot, I paused from shooting my live model to catch one image of a "previous resident" looking on from a nearby corner. I'll have to post that one some time in the near future I think.

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Jan. 17th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Ooo I'd love to see your shots! Though I am very skeptical of most "ghost" photography, I love to see what might be the real thing!

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