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Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital by Sylvia ShultsDuring the first half of the twentieth century, the Peoria State Hospital was the premiere mental health facility of its day. Dr. George Zeller instituted the eight-hour workday for his staff, removed patient restraints, and made the asylum into a model for the care of the mentally ill. Today, there are only a few buildings of the hospital left. Some of them are still in use, others are inhabited only by ghosts. Our guide to these ghosts -- and the history they represent -- is Sylvia Shults. In Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, she brings a passion for paranormal investigation to her adventures at this haunted hotspot. The spirits come to life once more as Shults explores their former home. Other voices help her tell the story: this is a collection of peoples experiences at the Peoria State Hospital. Ghost hunting groups, sensitives, former nurses, and ordinary people share their stories with us, their voices resonating to create a panoramic view to rival the vista of the Illinois River. To visit the remaining buildings of the Peoria State Hospital today is to visit a small piece of history. A ghost story over a hundred years in the making, Fractured Spirits is narrative nonfiction at its finest.
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Photos: Exploring Illinois' Abandoned Psychiatric Hospitals
A chair abandoned in Manteno State Hospital's tunnel system. Founded in the s, the hospital planned a structure with blocks of cottages meant to create a sense of community. However, stories about deaths caused by malpractice continue to surface long after its closing. Here is an asylum corridor in Manteno State Hospital. The campus took up one full square mile, making it the largest mental hospital in Illinois. Located 50 miles Southwest of Chicago, most its patients came from Cook County. It was opened in the s to ease overcrowding in other hospitals, but decades later it, too, was overcrowded and typhoid outbreak.
The hospital grounds and its 63 buildings are listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The hospital was founded as a result of the Illinois General Assembly 's provision for the establishment of the Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane in In response to the legislation, then Governor John Altgeld appointed a three-person commission charged with site selection. McAndrews of Chicago who later served in the U. House of Representatives as a Congressman.
The institution began life as the Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane. The first superintendent, Dr. George A. Zeller, went before the state legislature to demand a name change. He felt strongly that no patient was incurable.
Located west of Peoria in the small town of Bartonville, the Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane was originally built in in the style of a medieval castle, but was never used. Legend says the building was constructed on top of an abandoned coal mine that compromised the integrity of the building. The official explanation that was given was that having a castle like structure didn't fit the modern sensibilities of treating the "insane," and they wanted to use a cottage like design instead of having one large building. The building was demolished and rebuilt, and by , the Asylum reopened and began treatment of the "incurably insane" under the direction of Dr. George Zeller. Well respected, Dr. Zeller treated his patients using therapeutic methods for "curing the insane," instead of more experimental treatments that were popular at the time, like electro-shock therapy, lobotomies and hydro-shock therapy.