Eastern State Hospital

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City/Town: Vinita
Location Class: Hospital
Year Built: 1912
Year Abandoned: 1990's
Status: AbandonedNational Register of Historic Places
Photographer: David LindeJohnny Fletcher

History:
“Eastern State Hospital has been a major factor in the economy of Craig County since 1913, and its influence in mental health matters has extended well beyond its service area. When Oklahoma became a state in 1907, the mentally ill first were cared for through contract with private sanitariums. In Indian Territory, Cherokee Nation had maintained an asylum at Park Hill.

Eastern Oklahoma Hospital for the Insane was established by the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1909, to be located at Vinita, Craig County; on a 160 acre tract of land given to the State by the City of Vinita for this purpose. The land on which the hospital was established originally was owned by S.S. Cobb.

An appropriation was made to erect buildings, which were completed late in 1912. Dr. F.M. Adams was appointed August 12, 1912, by Governor Lee Croce as the hospital superintendent. His original four-year appointment stretched into a lifetime job. Dr. Adams served until his death in December 1955.

The first patients were received on January 28, 1913, when 300 people were transferred by special train from the Oklahoma Sanatorium at Norman. The special train was unloaded at a siding designated “Asylum Spur,” a little more than a mile south of the hospital. Wagons were sent to carry the women and a few older men, and the others walked to the new hospital.

During 1914 Building No. 3 was completed, and immediately 300 more patients were moved here from Norman. By 1954, the institution had a capacity of 2,600 patients and a capital investment of $6,541,050.

The hospital opened with two doctors, Dr. Adams and Dr. Edwin Williams, a physician from Philadelphia who had some experience with the mentally ill. He returned to the east about two years later, and Dr. P.I. Hays became assistant superintendent. Dr. Hays remained on the staff, succeeding Dr. Adams as superintendent and serving until October 1961. Both doctors were widely recognized for pioneering efforts in treatment of the mentally ill. The gradual expansion over the years, to the peak population of the mid-1950’s, saw buildings steadily added, and more land acquired.

Facilities which were added included hospital wards for male and female patient, 1916; administration building, 1922; barn, implement sheds, greenhouse, new power house equipment in 1924; a fire station and sewage plant, 19,30; a canning plant in 1938; central dining room, kitchen, a maximum restraint building for men, 1939; administration building, 1949; an employees’ dormitory in 1953, named Adams Hall in honor of the long-time superintendent.

After Adams Hall was completed, a two-story house known as the “Farm House” was torn down. The house had been the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Cobb before the hospital was established. For many years, most of the hospital employees were required to live on the grounds. Meals were provided as part of the salary. Some roomed in basements of ward buildings and others lived in two old barracks buildings, according to long-time employees. These buildings were moved in after World War Two.

During the years of peak patient population, the farm was an important economic factor. Swine, poultry, and dairy operations provided meat and milk, while garden produce was used fresh and also was canned for later use. Many farm-oriented patients worked alongside employees, and this provided valuable therapy.

The hospital’s Holstein dairy herd was considered one of the best in the state, with some of the cattle setting production records and winning prizes at state fairs. The dairy was closed in 1968. Other farming operations were gradually phased out in the early 1970’s. Through the first 40 years of the hospital’s history, much of the patient care was custodial in nature. Staff was limited, but treatments, which were innovative at the time, were introduced.

Dr. Hays pioneered in many types of treatment, including luminal, sodium amy-tal, and various types of shock treatment. He was among the first to use malaria in treatment of syphilis. He was the first in the nation to use atropine sulphate as a treatment for Parkinsonian syndrome. In 1956, the ESH staff under Dr. Hays’ direction took part in a research program to test the tranquilizing drugs Thorazine and serpasil.

Dr. Adams became recognized as one of the nation’s foremost hospital administrators. Even with limited funds and staff, he pioneered in new types of treatment and psychotherapy. For his service in the field of mental illness, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in November 1954.

In 1947, the Hospital was renamed Eastern State. From that time forward, the state saw increased awareness of the needs of the mentally ill and increased funding which made possible more intensive, specialized treatment.

The dining room burned in 1951; a new central kitchen with men and women’s dining rooms was built about five years later. Dr. W.C. Reed, Vinita dentist who had served the hospital part-time for 20 years, closed his private practice and became full-time dentist at ESH.

In 1951, Sam Seabolt became director of the Recreation Department. He remained on the staff 33 years, serving as Director of Activity Services, comprising occupational, recreational, music, work therapies, and volunteer services. Until 1983 he also supervised the chaplain and adult education services. A new medical service building was opened in 1952; in 1960 the building was named Hays Treatment Center in honor of Dr. P.L. Hays.

During the 1950’s, the Rev. Moody Nicholson, who had been pastor of Vinita’s Pilgrim Presbyterian Church, became full-time chaplain at the hospital. Later, an All Faiths Chapel was provided. Dr. A.D. Barrett is head chaplain.

In 1956 the first Department of Nursing was established, with Dorothy Hall, RN, a professional nurse administrator, as director.

When she took the post, ESH had six professional nurses and nearly 400 non-professional workers in psychiatric nursing, responsible for 72 ward units. By contrast, at the end of February 1984, the nursing department had 460 employees of whom 64 were Registered Nurses and 58 Licensed Practical Nurses. In 1984 the hospital was operating 18 ward units with a daily census of less than 400. Although more than 3,500 admissions were recorded in 1983, average length of stay was 39.6 days.

Volunteers have played a vital role in the hospital. Red Cross volunteers from Miami, Vinita, Claremore, Nowata devoted much time to work with patients. The Bartlesville Gray Ladies, who began weekly trips to ESH in 1955 and Gray Men, continue to serve, as have some Vinitans.

After the resignation of Dr. Hays, Dr. Wayne J. Boyd was superintendent until 1963. He was succeeded by Dr. Ruth V. Annadown, 1963-64. Dr. B.F. Peterson then came from Tennessee in July 1964 and headed the hospital until his death in 1972. Dr. A. Lawrence White served 1972-73; Dr. D.W. Shupe 1973-74; Dr. Joe Tyler 1974-78. Dr. Robert O’Toole became superintendent from October 1979 until February 1983, then Dr. Mason W. Robison assumed administrative duties.

In 1964, state mental hospitals were desegregated and patients at Taft were moved to the state hospitals in Vinita and Norman. In 1971 the first floor of Adams Hall was remodeled for administrative offices.

A dining room was located in the east wing of the Food Services Building. The changes in Food Service were especially evident. Dr. Peterson had believed that food was a factor in therapy. When men and women started having meals together, a noticeable improvement in personal appearance took place.

Outpatient services were begun in the 1960’s to provide aftercare for discharged patients.

As the patient population declined, patients needing surgery have been transported elsewhere for care. The Medical Services do include a medical clinic, laboratory, X-ray, dental clinic, and pharmacy. During Dr. O’Toole’s administration, ESH was designated as the treatment center for all inmates of the Department of Corrections requiring mental health services, and the hospital also handles all Oklahoma court-ordered observation-evaluation. Building 12 was completely renovated as a maximum security facility in 1983.

In 2006 a new facility was opened to replace the original buildings.”                                                      -Ref. asylumprojects.org

Since 2003, Oklahoma Department of Corrections facility has occupied part of state hospital’s land.

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Stacy Mims
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Stacy Mims

I would like to put a few of the pictures of the hospital on my family website. I have a great aunt that spent almost her entire life at this facility when it was a mental hospital. Could you email me and let me know if I can use a few of the images of the outside of the buildings?
Thanks for your work on saving these great places.
I look foward to hearing from you,
Stacy

E.A. Butler
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E.A. Butler

I am trying to get information on my grandfather, Emery Taylor, who was a patient and died (Sept 25. 1933)at the hospital in Taft. I have not found an e-mail address or contact person for the archives.
Thank you,
E.A. Butler

stoney
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stoney

you may have already tried but the state dept in OKC should have all files regarding deaths in state ran facilities to include DOC and state hospitals

lee corley
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lee corley

Touching photo's my friend….they really strike a chord.I was in the DOC building in 1995 (not building 13),for the TADD program. These are some amazing buildings,thanks again!

Steve
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Steve

Once again, there is a lot of stuff in these buildings that could be sold and the state could use the money.

BDH
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BDH

Yes there is! I know at one time when the hospital was still located there we moved truck loads of old hand written records from the third floor of the old admin bldg to some of the old dorm rooms on the top floor of Adams hall. Really interesting stuff that dated back to the early days of the hospital. Rooms full of patient records stacked on pallets. The plan was to archive all these records and preserve them but I don't know if it ever got done. I've wondered if they are still there.

Leslie
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Leslie

Hi! Sadly these buildings are falling down and riddled with asbestos. Nearly every building has a sign saying "contaminated" Very few buildings were salvaged. The ones that were have been turned into the Oklahoma Forensic Hospital and also a Correctional Facility. It is truly amazing to walk around. Sadly, it's in disrepair.

Donna K
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Donna K

everything was auctioned off…buildings emptied.

Seven
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Seven

Wow strange to see all of that. I visited a patient there and remember shooting some hoops with couple of other patients. I was only like 11 or 12 maybe, but just shoking to see how trashed it is. It could totally be renovated

Alexander Powell Hay
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Alexander Powell Hay

I am P.L. Hays' great grandson and namesake. I am very pleased to have found this site with the detailed history and information regarding "DOC". There is an interesting story regarding a patient escape and P.L. being shot with a .22 in the chest during the chase. Nobody knows how the patient obtained the pistol but he did.

shawn harlan
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shawn harlan

wow, I would like to hear more about this history, do you know anymore about it?

Witness
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Witness

I remember the incident well however do to protect the families privacy that's all I can tell you

Tery
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Tery

Great job on this one guys!!! The porch in shot#77 looks like a nice place to kick back!! I also like the building shots numbered 98,103,129….Were these buildings in good structural shape? They look like they should be put back to use somehow.Take care–Tery

Guest
Guest
Guest

They were not in good shape in 1983. I'm sure they are even worse now.

sirluckylime
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sirluckylime

Has anyone else tried to go here lately? I was wondering how safe it might be?

josh
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josh

its not even haunted.

shawn harlan
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shawn harlan

hey Fiend and psychosaw13, can you please contact me at (580)231-2753 or at shawnharlan72@yahoo.com, my name is shawn! I have a couple questions for you if you dont mind,please!

Ashley
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Ashley

My newly put together Paranormal team would love to spend a night or two checking out these buildings…If this is at all possible please contact me at xxashleyxx2006@aol.com thank you.

BDH
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BDH

I can tell you you wouldn't be disappointed. Get down in the old under ground tunnels that were used to move patients in bad weather and you'll hav a field day.

Lll
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Lll

I stayed at the VADTC building, (a drug and alcohol treatment program} I think it is haunted

Counselor
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Counselor

the VADTC building is definitely full of spirts…I was a therapist at VADTC and I witnessed several things and also heard all the stories. I think a para normal team should go there and I would love to be part of the adventure!!!

Heather Anderson
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Heather Anderson

We are not a para normal team professionally but have some experience and we would love to visit the facility with someone that has worked there in the past. I am also curious about the types of therapy that were used since Psychology is my long life study. I plan on calling around to get permission if your interested in going with us. We currently live in Spfd Mo! Thanks Counselor!!!

Sherry Miller
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Sherry Miller

Hi there. This is Sherry Miller…the counselor :). I decided to look up this site again and found your response. Have you had any luck getting into Eastern State? The energy in that place is unbelievable. Definitely lots to explore in there. If you ever have the opportunity to go there you can contact me at 918-915-0084 or horsesrgreat@liverworks.com You definitely would not be disapointed in this place….smile. Take care Sherry.

shine
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shine

isnt this a correction facility for the insane now ?? last time i went could not even get thru the front gate

BDH
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BDH

No the correctional facility is a DOC prison located to the north of the old hospital.

sherry
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sherry

i worked at VADTC and it is definitely haunted in the building i worked in!!!!

Ashley
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Ashley

My Team and I went out to look recently and its state property and highly guarded by their own facility security and the Vinita police…nice people but you will have to get permission in order to check out the buildings we found out the hard way. They were nice enough to tell us a few of their experiences before they kindly asked us to leave 🙂

Heather Anderson
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Heather Anderson

Who do I get permission to check out the facilities? Do I call the Vinita Police department or the facility security? I live about an hour away and my partner and I would love to take some pictures and capture any paranormal activity of any kind. Thanks justtubin@yahoo.com if you have any information

Alice Griffin
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Alice Griffin

How do you found out if someone you know was there? I have been trying to located my Mother. My father told me
he last heard she was in mental hospital in Okla. Year was 1966-1970. He will not give any more information.
Thanks for any help.

Marie
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Marie

I know at that time there was Eastern State Hospital in Vinita and Central State Hospital in Norman — there could have been other hospital locations other than these two of which I am not aware. Google "state hospitals."

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

There is also Fort Supply State Hospital in Oklahoma. The below website will give you more info.
As for Eastern State, i am not sure how you would get records of former patients.
http://asylumprojects.org/index.php?title=Fort_Suhttp://asylumprojects.org/index.php?title=Oklahom

A. Bienvenu
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A. Bienvenu

I am trying to see if an ancestor was there also. I talked to the lady in the medical records and she said you have to fill out a medical records release and be next of kin, otherwise you have to go to a judge and get him to rule you can get the records and then she will look them up and you can get copies. the # to the Eastern State Mental Hos. now called The Forensic Center…is 918- 256- 7841. The # for the mental institution in Norman Ok. is 405-360-5100. They are very helpful and much… Read more »

Dalene
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Dalene

What is your mother's name?

Fiend
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Fiend

Yeah… I'm just gonna point out again that the property is used as a PRISON! Guards monitor the grounds! Going there without permission is foolish, unless you possess a cloaking device.

prison guard
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prison guard

The grounds are not used as a prison(or anything else) and the only guards that monitor the grounds are the security guards at the Oklahoma Forensic Center which is now located down the road. The Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections minimum security prison which is the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center is located next to the old hospital and utilizes some of the old hospital buildings.

nikki
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nikki

Are there any places like this in OK that can be visited? Abondonded ones? camey1201@yahoo.com is my email address

macfurdith
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macfurdith

Went to ESH once to twice a week to pick up or drop off Emergency Order of Detention patients. If picking up I would stop at the Admin building, pick up property, then usually go to #8 or #9 building. #12 building was for the criminally insane, which I believe is now where DOC operates at the site. Brings back memories. Bad memories… I hated that part of my job. 🙂

AsylumBunny
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AsylumBunny

Hi. 🙂 If you're not open to what I'm about to ask, I totally understand… But would you ever want to take part in an interview about your ESH experiences? If so, please contact me at asylum_bunny@yahoo.com

joni
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joni

My mother was committed to this hospital in 1976-1977. I can remember spending Sunday's here visiting her and walking around the grounds. She was severely mentally ill and received electric shock treatments. She was never the same once released and ended up committing suicide in 1978. I was committed to this hospital when i was 15 ( 1981) for a drug addiction. i received minimal counseling and was basically locked up 24/7. i was there, i believe, for 24 days. I would love to obtain access to the old records as well as visit the site and put to bed… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

If you find out how to obtain the records please let me know. I need to find out about what happened to my father there.

Angela
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Angela

My grandmother was first at Taft State Hospital and then it closed and was transferred here I believe. I am trying to get records as well. I don't know where to start. I've made a few calls but so far no luck. Taft was a mental facility for African Americans and closed in the 70's. Then patients were sent either to this hospital or Norman. She remained in NE Oklahoma. When I was a little girl she lived with a pastor and his wife. I'm assuming they took care of her when Eastern State Hospital closed along with three other… Read more »

christy
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christy

My Great Grandfather died in this place. They said he had dementia. He had worked building roads in Tulsa and to me a heat stroke could cause dementia. He died in Vinita. They had put him on an excerciser and he died on it! My mother did find old records somewhere this is probably the 20's.

Lisa
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Lisa

My great aunt was committed back in the 50's. I called the new facility and asked about her records. They sent me paper work to complete and I had to prove that I was related. They charge a fee for records, IF they can find them. I received only what they could legally send me. Good luck on your search!

Angela
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Angela

What's the new facilities information? What's it named? I need to see if I can get my grandmothers records.

Hailet
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Hailet

I'm sorry that you went through that

Angelia Boshuizen
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Angelia Boshuizen

My mother, Carolyn Wirth, was court ordered for a 30-day stay at Eastern State Hospital in August 1986 after being diagnosed as Manic Depressive. Visiting her on a regular basis in an effort to get her discharged was an experience I'll never forget. The images are as clear today as they were when I first set foot on the facility's grounds. Looking at the photos on this website is a clear indication of the dismay that took place on a daily basis dispite the faculty's efforts to provide care for the patients. Although I am thankful there was such a… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

My dad was there, and that's where he died 23 years ago. I never got to know him because I was only 2 years old. The hospital did not keep a good eye on him.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Did they bury people on site at Eastern State? Is there a cemetary? I saw a video about a hospital in Danvers where ex patients restored the cemetary at Danvers State Hospital. Its a pretty cool story. http://asylumprojects.org/index.php?title=Main_Pa

Paul
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Paul

Yes there is a cemetery down the road to the East. There are only a few tombstones and the rest are only generic markers to the unclaimed. You cannot enter the cemetery.

Adam
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Adam

Does anyone know of any of the information pertaining to supposed paranormal activity or apparitions at old state?

E. J.
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E. J.

I worked there for 9 years and know where you will find activity because we heard it all the time. Go to #9 building on 2nd floor hospital #2. We would hear footsteps and beds being moved. Next place is the PAC that's where everyone went it had the canteen gym and everyone went to congregate. If you need any more info I would be happy to tell you. while I was there we had many deaths and suicides. You can reach me @ madjack710@ yahoo.com

Melissa
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Melissa

E.J.,
Do you happen to know about how I can obtain medical records from there? My father died there. He committed suicide in 1988, and I want to know what happened. It's been 23 years now, and I have no idea on how to go about getting the answers since the place is now abandoned. 🙁

Leah Scott
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Leah Scott

I am trying to find some info for my family about my Great Grandmother who was basically a mystery. The 1930 and 1920 US census reports her a patient in this hospital aka (Eastern Oklahoma Hosp.) Does anyone now of any records or charts from that time frame? It was Ward 7 at the time. Please contact me at dleah.scott@yahoo.com

Joshya
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Joshya

I used to know all the websites for the hospital. The best thing you can really do is call the new hospital and ask about them having any records from the time period.

jsc
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jsc

My grandfather was a VA doctor here in the mid '70s, and he and my grandmother lived in the first house on the left on picture mini-img_5148. I remember Christmas and snow and big family gatherings over a few years of my childhood, but had no idea Eastern State was a mental hospital until just recently. This place has a real 'Session 9' feel to it now, at least the abandoned parts.

Melissa
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Melissa

How can I go about finding medical records from here. It's very important that I find out.

Charlene Mills
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Charlene Mills

Please let me know if you find out anything. My uncle was there. Died in 1939. James Hardiman. I have no idea if he was buried there or where.

barbgma
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barbgma

go to the website…..find a grave……I found the grave of a family member in the hospital cemetery

Guest
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Guest

I would just like to add to the history that there was no mention about when the stated decided it would be best for the place to go co-ed. I know in 1983, (or about that time), that they house both the men and the women on the same wards. At least they did on the long term ward. My nursing school arranged for us to do our psychiatric rotation at Eastern State. Needless to say this was not the best idea anyone had come up with. Not only that but they did have bars that locked, just like prison,… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Would the DOC officers let me walk some of the grounds (Those not currently being used or in direct vicinity of the DOC) and maybe take some pictures? or is it strictly off-limits without higher permission (I.e. Connections).

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Does anyone give tours of the old hospital? I think that would be very interesting.

Shelley
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Shelley

Actually, myself and a friend visited the site TODAY. We were both patients there at different times when we were teenagers and wanted to see the place with our grown-up, sane eyes. We parked in the DOC parking lot and freely wandered around the entire ESH campus-looking in windows, taking pictures, and even climbing up a few stairways. We spent a good couple of hours there and no one ever even looked our way from DOC. It was an amazing and beautiful experience for us.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Does anyone know if the buildings and grounds can be toured? Those buildings look really cool and probably pretty scary too. Does anyone know what plans are for the future? It would be nice if they salvaged all of the millions of bricks it took to build those buildings.

Chuck
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Chuck

I worked there in the mid 70's & never heard of any paranormal activities…I worked ten building which was maximum security…..It is a very sad place & there were rumors of abuses both physical & sexual nature by workers….I do know that patients in the early days were brought in via train & made to carry supplies on their way up to the hospital..There used to be a sign by the tracks that said Asylum Switch which I was told is now in the Museum in Vinita…I was also told that somewhere on the grounds is a mass grave where… Read more »

Guest
Guest
Guest

Never heard of the mass grave, but I would not have doubted it. There is a cemetery further off the grounds. When unclaimed patients died, they were buried there
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RICHARD
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RICHARD

CHUCK

I HAD A BROTHER WHO WAS THERE HIS NAME WAS JIMMY JOE KING. PLEASE REPLY IF YOU REMEMBER HIM. THERE IS SOME QUESTION I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU
THANKS
RICHARD

Lisa Price
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Lisa Price

my mother was there about the time you worked there. Her name was Shirley Ann Burge.. Please contact me at
ldpriced@yahoo.ca.. I have been trying to locate what happened to her. If she passed away. I visited her there once in 1987. My brother and I did not know her whereabouts since we last saw her when I was about 5. I was 21 when we saw her in 1987. I lost contact after she supposedly was moved to a half way house. Any help would be appreciated.. This has bothered me for so so long.. thanks, Lisa Price..

Kelly Jennings
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Kelly Jennings

My grandfather, Jim Mann, did maintenance in these buildings for years… I doubt they can use them for anything because they are probably full of asbestos. My grandmother, Donna Mann, started the shoe store there and worked in patient's property for years. I remember getting off the bus there and see all the personal items that came in with the patients. I doubt they ever received much of it back.

Guest
Guest
Guest

No pictures of the cemetery when patients died and were unclaimed, they were buried there. The cemetery is not on the grounds, but up the road not far away. There was also a hospital farm there, It closed it the late 60's. My father was doctor there and yes in the 60's and early 70's they did shock treatment. Then medication made further advances and it was the primary treatment. Shock treatment was hardly every used afterwards. Can't believe how they let this place go.

guest
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guest

my mother was there in the 60's to help with her drinking and they used shock treatment on her

guest1
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guest1

Actually, ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) is still widely used and more effective than many medications with less side effects. You can find it in Laureate in Tulsa, among many other places all over the nation and the world. It is evidence-based practice when medication is not effective.

shana
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shana

could you be talking about fairview cemetery

Crissy Walton
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Crissy Walton

It wasn't abandoned in the 1990's… We moved here in 2003 and helped deliver papers to Adam's Hall, Some to the kitchen, (weren't allowed in the ward's) juvenile hall and the DOC section…

Steph
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Steph

Is this place even haunted? and are you able to get in there?

sarah
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sarah

No you cannot get up there anymore. They have the gates shut

Quannah
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Quannah

I worked at the hospital from 95 to 99. Major cloud of oppression looming in the buildings, would get creeped out going to the basement to make copies at night but never experienced anything paranormal. One would think the place would have to be haunted though as many deaths that occured there. Two employee suicides in the four years i worked. Loved the patients but depressing atmosphere.

Donna Smith
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Donna Smith

His name was Ernest Lee Smith

ashley
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ashley

it is NOT abandond. in 2007 i went there when i was a juvinile, craig county detetion center is the building on one of the pictures i would label but there is so many.( the officers said it was the old morgue) there is a PRISON DOWN THE STREET, not here!!!! to do the laundry for the patients down the street, they still have patients there. they get to go outside a siren goes off and they send people out some had straight jackets on, this place is still in business and no one is going there for paranormal activities.… Read more »

Joshua Baker
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Joshua Baker

Hello my name is Joshua Baker and I am the founder of Quest Paranormal Investigations of Tulsa. My team and I are looking to film a documentary at the Eastern State Hospital and we need your help. We've recently been in contact with the County Commissioner and the Mayor of Oklahoma and with your help we can compile a list of e-mails saying that you a resident of Vinita believes that the building is haunted or you worked there and you know it's haunted. We need a statement telling us your story on why you believe the building is haunted… Read more »

Shane Brown
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Shane Brown

Hello, My name is Shane Weston Brown. I was taken to a facility in Sulphur, Ok. after being told that I was a missing person when I asked two highway patrolman for directions. They took me to a local hospital first, but said I wasn't under arrest. I told them that I didn't want to go. But they said I couldn't go and that they insisted. I said, That sounds like an arrest and that I'm a Christian and this shouldn't happen. I was so upset that I started talking to God and looking up. Which looked like I was… Read more »

Shane Brown
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Shane Brown

So I finally let them put shackles on me. And that included my hands and feet. They threw me in a room by myself and explained nothing while they did it. I tried to leave the room only to find a dead end and then one of the men who I'd wrestled with to drag me back in. And then they strapped me to a gurney, strapping my feet first. Then my hands. But I'm a very strong guy with double jointed hands. And I kept pulling my hands out of the straps again and again. The biggest man who… Read more »

Shane Brown
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Shane Brown

Btw, since my last name is Brown and I claimed very good athletic ability. I am a WHITE man. I'm not black. So this was not racial prejudice. This started cuz I got lost. And I'm pretty confident that I'm not the first guy to get lost in that area. Cuz I knew the highway I needed to finally get home. And I knew I needed to go south. But either direction I went, the signs would say NORTH. And I repeated the process about 20 times before I finally had to admit that I just couldn't figure it out.… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

Just because ESH treated people with a mental illness does not mean it is haunted. People for years have related mental illness with demonology but the two are very different creatures.

Joe
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Joe

I had a great grandmother that was admitted after the turn of the 20th century. The story goes that she tried to throw my grandmother into the lighted fireplace not long after her birth. She was probably suffering from postpartum psychosis which was unheard of then. Needless to say, the family never heard from her again. Folks were treated very differently in those days and were kept out of the public eye. Horrible research was conducted on innocent people then and yes, Paul, many died and their lost souls probably do still linger there.

shana
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shana

my great grandfather john bailey snodderly worked in the farm section back in the day. As a person from vinita I can say that alot of things have happened around the area.. a cousin and his compainions had a wreak at the front gate of esh. to this day no one knows why. some have seen lights in the old buildings and sightings of people walking the area only to discover that neither was possible.

Donna K
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Donna K

If your post is old…overlook my e=mail. I worked across the street Rose Rock Recovery…was 3rd shift employee responsible for the 20 clients …I was working alone…sometimes 2 of us…my front door alarm went off and I dialed for an officer to come out and investigate why alarm went off. I could not leave my station for the view of both hallways watching the client. An officer came out and went through our building and around the grounds. Afterwards he told me his officers would not go across to Eastern State because they believed it haunted. One story was heavy… Read more »

J D
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J D

My gg grandfather died here in 1932, he was Cherokee. I never knew anything about the place. It's very interesting to look at the photos.

Audrey Auernheimer
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Audrey Auernheimer

I like the pics of the old buildings. But I am an objective observer. Never been there. My son, 28 years old, took his life in the Arkansas State hospital on the Forensics (criminal) unit. My daughter, 26, took her life in her apartment in Fayetteville, Arkansas. My youngest son is suffering from diagnosed Bi-Polar. He is also a "criminal" who is getting zero treatment for auditory & visual hallucinations. Hm-m-m-m-m….Untreated in prison, or possible treatment at the "bad" old mental hospital………..Guess my choice is easy. My Mom also had shock treatments in the 70's for major depression. She was… Read more »

Audrey
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Audrey

By the way, folks! Anybody ever been in prison to visit a loved one? Talk about paranormal activity! Or is that just plain old fashioned evil spirits? Can hardly wait to get out of there.

suzy
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suzy

My grandmother was committed in1926 to Eastern State Hospital in Vinita. She had a lobotomy at this hospital, and was never able to return home. She entered the hospital in her middle twenties, left in her sixty or seventies to go to a local nursing home. Died in a local hospital in Vinita at the age of eighty-six.

Joshua Boggs
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Joshua Boggs

I have done a lot of research on this hospital and I have done many interviews with the night guards that watch over it at night. They have seen full body spirits and have heard different disembodied voices being heard. On one of my investigations there was full of different things happening around me and my group. Like seeing full body apparitions walking through the fire escape doors and the doors opening and slamming on their own. Not to mention these doors are hard to open and close in the first place.

Angel
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Angel

Hi. My name is Angel.
I would like to discuss your experience there.
Please contact me at mlcoleman58@yahoo.com.
I hope to talk to you.
Thank you,

Brandy McComb
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Brandy McComb

I spent a few years at this facility. I believe the place had its good andbad. What the staff did form me savedmy life. Yet Avery scary experience. I was in prison therefor arson and burglary. Still seeking answers today. Pretty scary. Had dances played basketball read books at library. Would like to discuss in detail my experiences there. Made American history. Not a bad person or evencrazy. Gifted in law enforcement t. Just found that out recently during my exploration into past. Finelinebetween genius and madness. Honestly I miss the place.

Angel
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Angel

Hi. My name is Angel.
I would like to discuss your experience there.
Please contact me at mlcoleman58@yahoo.com.
I hope to talk to you.
Thank you,

R Clipper
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R Clipper

My Great-Grandfather was a patient at the hospital in 1930. The story goes he was struck by lighting in the fields while working. They placed him there and remained their until he died. The Family never spoke of it to my Grandparents because of the stigma associated with being a patient at this hospital for the insane. Because of that and history dying with relatives as they die, the only information I can find on him is very limited. Such a shame things were so hush hush back then.

afisher
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afisher

I just found out my Great-Grandfather was a patient at this hospital sometime around 1940. At that time they called them "inmates". I never knew he was there. My family said he had gone to a hospital because of black lung. I believe it was all hush, hush, too because of the stigma of having a mentally ill patient. So said. Now I'll never know what was wrong with him or how long he was there.

Dalene
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Dalene

Was his name L.G. Clipper?

Schweitzer
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Schweitzer

I would like to go and explore the grounds sometime. All sounds very interesting and wanted to maybe document all the peoples sightings or expirencing things of the paranormal:) My father is an officer working at the prison down the road. Anything I should look for imperticularly paranormal?

Angela
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Angela

I worked there when it was eastern state and Oklahoma forensic center. Oklahoma Forensic Center is the new building that is next to Eastern State and yes it is abdomen. There's alot of history there and it is haunted. People have died there so of course its haunted to the patients that thought of it was there home and had no where else to go because some of their families left left them there and just forgot about them or they didn't have a family at all except for the employees. Its sad really for the lost soles that will… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

The Employee's Council of the Oklahoma Forensic Center will be hosting a haunted hayride this October 2012 on these old Eastern State grounds. Admission will be $5 per person, children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. There will be no access to any of the buildings, but the hayride will go through the old grounds. This will be held on Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, from 8:00 pm – Midnigh. Come to our facebook events page and see the flier for more details.

Jackie
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Jackie

I recently found out that my great aunt lived there around 1920 until she pasted away, we don't have much information about her or why she was there. Does anyone know how I can find out more about her stay at Eastern State Hospital?

anita sanders
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anita sanders

Are there any of the buildings still operational today?

June
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June

My son is at the correctional center, he hears patients yelling from the facility, someones in there.

Jen
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Jen

My son was at the correctional facility also and while visiting him on numerous occasions I thought I heard things. We would sit outside and visit and I heard people, seen blinds move and several times showed my son a ball bouncing across the grounds! Lol, he told me to quit looking over there and I saw nothing

Paul
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Paul

The NGRI (Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity) ward is still operational on last report.

PsychNurse
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PsychNurse

The NGRI population is housed in the new facility, Oklahoma Forensic Center. None of the buildings are occupied on the old ESH grounds. I have worked at ESH/OFC for over 19 years and still am presently employed there. There are other patients there also, it's not just strictly all NGRI patient's. As for the previously mentioned tunnels in other posts, there are numerous of those across the old ESH grounds, many flood when it rains and some have been blocked off.

Jen
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Jen

When you ask someone they say that the whole place is shut down. I knew I seen and heard people over there

D from Oklahoma
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D from Oklahoma

As a child I visited my Uncle who was incarcerated there in the 60-70's for a murder. He shot a man he thought was laughing at him. Found mentally incompetent. He was there for at least 15 years. I'll never forget those visits with Mom to see her brother-my uncle. When the state stopped funding, he was eventually released. He, of course, stopped all medications after time and went back into his paranoid shell. I believe he is still alive, living in a Chicago nursing home, collecting social security benefits perhaps? Family lost contact as he lost touch with reality… Read more »

Donna Smith
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Donna Smith

I am also a D from Oklahoma and my father was sent here for murdering his brother and in all honesty it was the second brother he shot and killed that put him there. If they had done something the first time he couldn't have shot the second brother. His name is Ernest Lee Smith and he shot Leon first and then James for bugging him about shooting Leon 2.5 years later. Look him up on Geni and you'll see what was said about him although the story of how Leon was shot is all wrong. My father died at… Read more »

Sherry
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Sherry

Has anyone found a way to get a patient's records? I'm requesting info about my great aunt Nora Gertrude Winey who started life as a very bright individual but then ended up living there most of her life there. Thanks.

Former R.N Bldg 9
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Former R.N Bldg 9

Contact Central State Hospital in Norman Oklahoma. I heard the records were moved to storage there. You might also contact the Oklahoma Dept of Mental Health and they can direct you to specific previous patients records. You'll have to prove a relationship to the person or they won't release the information.

misti
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misti

When i was a little girl i actually sung to the patients for christmas on a big stage in the gym my mom also worked while going to RN school

Sarah
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Sarah

It is wrecked with asbestos, of course it's abandoned.

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