Dejarnette Children's Hospital

 Just a heads up, all of these photos have been edited to have a certain look, not to make it easy to see the place. Sorry if something interesting is hiding in the shadows. This place has an extremely long and bad history but I don't want to get into all of it so here's a brief summary. The building was opened in 1932 to be the Dejarnette State Sanatorium. It was a private branch of the Western State Hospital. Dr. Joseph S. Dejarnette ran the place. He was known for being a strong supporter of eugenics. I'm going to spare you the horrific stories about what he did to save time. You can find them on almost any article about this place. In the 40's apparently everyone was really happy about this place so they rewarded themselves with a brand new building doubling the size of the place. Somewhere along the line they built a pool but later destroyed it because of insurance costs. They slowly started losing money and eventually shutdown in 1996 they relocated to a bigger more modern building that's basically across the street.
Around the back is a little power plant (I'm assuming). I haven't found any info in it and didn't have time to go inside.

The whole building is basically the same with a few little differences every few rooms. Just a very long hallway with an arch every 10 feet. Off to the side are rooms but almost all of them are empty.

Some places have a few bed frames but surprisingly only like one or two kiddy wallpaper filled rooms. All the paint is peeling of the walls too which makes it feel extra spooky.

The little connector between the two buildings has some skylights but everything else is pitch black from all of the windows being boarded up.

The stairs in this place were normal except for the fencing to prevent people from trying to jump and kill themselves. In each building there are 3 (I think) stairs to make it easy to get around the place as long as you have an extremely good sense of direction. Not having windows makes you totally forget where you are in the building. Also the bottom floor doesn't go all the way into the other building making it extra confusing.

The top level of the northern building is extremely weird. You're walking up the stairs with them looking exactly as trashed as the other ones and you get to the door, it looks exactly the same as the other ones too. You open it and go out into a gravel floored room with roof supports scattered about and a little hole at the end. If you go out the hole then you can get roof access (after you crawl over the elevator motor.

In conclusion, this is a very interesting building. The history is quite fascinating along with the actual architecture of the building itself. People go in this building all the time but it's still trespassing. The Frontier Culture Museum owns it so talk to them if you'd like permission. There's also loads of asbestos in there so that's another danger. The best way to view it without trespassing would be from the Frontier Culture Museum entrance. That's the closest you can get without trespassing. While your there you might as well check out the museum for some U.S. history.


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