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Lillian Collins Hospital

Turlock, California
By Robin Wright

Originally the Sierra Building

In the 1920’s, this was a small town hospital that cared for the citizens of Turlock, California. According to a recent ghost hunting expedition done by American Paranormal Investigations, it seems that the building still cares for their spirits, though both their bodies and the hospital are long gone.

Built in 1918, The Lillian Collins Hospital was located in what is now the Sierra Building and currently contains Coldwell Banker Endsley & Associates. The hospital was best known for the doctor who created the MedicAlert bracelet when his daughter (who also happened to be the granddaughter of the hospitalâ??s founder) had an allergic reaction to a drug while there in 1953. The hospital, which only had 40 rooms in the two-story building, eventually became too small for the city and was abandoned. In 1994, it was purchased by Bob Endsley and the downstairs was completely remodeled. The upstairs was left the way it was, and local charities used the space to host a haunted house fundraiser. It was during these fundraisers that the odd goings on in the building were first noticed.

While preparing for a haunted house event items would go missing when left alone for only a few moments. Cold breezes, footsteps, unexplained noises, and even unpleasant physical feelings have been reported. The owner of the building has had the motion detectors go off when no one was there. The events coinciding with the annual haunted house fundraisers ceased earlier this decade, but the strange happenings did not. That was when Endsley contacted API.

The investigation, which included video, photography, psychics, Electronic Voice Phenomena recordings, as well as a group whose purpose was to find logical causes for some of the stranger things discovered, came away with plenty of evidence that the hospital was still up and running on the second floor.

On video, they asked a spirit to come closer to their electro-magnetic field device. The EMF device recorded a dramatic spike in its levels. Geiger counter readings flared and diminished within moments and without the investigator moving.

Each and every photo captured orbs, or balls of light, somewhere on the photograph. But the truly amazing piece of evidence is the 11 second recording of a beautiful voice singing a French lullaby. The investigator was alone at the time. This recording is one of the longest pieces of EVP ever to be captured.

Other EVPs recorded were of female and male voices talking to each other, as well as male voices communicating with the investigators. One of the investigators said that the sounds on the tape remind him of what heâ??d expect from a 1920’s hospital.

Dark, human shaped masses were seen floating throughout the building and some investigators felt nauseated while on the second floor, feeling better when they returned downstairs.

The investigators sent to unmask the ghosts were only able to explain away the cold breezes as drafts from windows. The rest seem to be of truly supernatural origins.

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susana says:

October 28, 2008, 10:09 am

i really dont believe anything about that unless you prove it to me in a special way.

patty says:

October 29, 2008, 3:25 pm

I believe that there are ghosts left behind to attend to unfinished business. My own mother came and sat on my bed the night she died. At first it was scarey but then I felt comforted knowing that she cared to come say goodbye. Also the night my Uncle passed away I felt a cool breeze come into the room and go past me into my cousin’s little girl’s room. I then heard her talking to someone. When I asked her who she had been talking to she said it was her PaPa coming to say goodbye. Mind you she was only 3 at the time. My cousin said that he would visit them often.

Dylan Wible age8 says:

November 15, 2008, 12:28 pm

I do believe it! The other day something was controlling me! Swear to God!

Bob says:

November 29, 2008, 9:34 pm

This may sound discusting, but if I just sit in my bed at night, things will poke me in…uncomfterble places. Also, unexplained water broplets apear out of thin air and, usually, fall on my face, head or legs.

Gertrude Thomas says:

February 10, 2009, 12:55 pm

I know there are ghost & spirits out there. I have lived in haunted houses all my life. Regardless where we lived at it was haunted. We now live in a haunted house. Actually I think it is the property that we live on. We have about an acre of ground. One house we are remodeling is haunted bad. Actually we use it for a haunted house in October, we just add stuff to it. Our house that burned was haunted and now we moved a trailer onto the property and it is now haunted as well. In the woods bihind our house is a graveyard it is very old. We have been there and seen things in there as well. So If you don’t believe in ghosts just come to my place And I will surley change your mind.

desteny says:

February 24, 2009, 12:15 am

i think this is true and wow this was really weird i would not like to be there i would get to fraked out like when i saw the new FRIDAY THE 13TH IT WAS AWSOME

Ron Anger says:

March 30, 2009, 3:23 pm


I represent some people that want to make a pilot for a reality T.V. show about ghosts and haunted places. We would love to take you up on your offer to visit your haunted place. We are in California. What state is your place located? Feel free to email me,

Micki says:

April 7, 2009, 4:35 pm

We are paranormal investigators in Merced County, California. We are currently looking to investigate haunted houses in our area. We are discrete and only publish photos that do not give the locations away. If you would like to find out if your place is really haunted, drop us an email at or visit our website.

Stephanie Barajas says:

April 18, 2009, 6:39 pm

Well i think that this may b true or may not b true bcause i only belive till somebody proves that this iz true:)

vinaychavan says:

May 1, 2009, 6:32 am

I believe spirits and i also believe god…
sometimes incidents occur which make a force on us to believe it……

Nikki says:

June 5, 2009, 6:47 pm

I believe this because alot of people have never experienced was I have. One day when I was 6 I had a ghost totally walk through me. I know how crazy it sounds but it is so true. I still feel them til this day and I know abt all of the ghosts I see them while I hike and I look it up on the computer and its true. So dont think im crazy.

Kim says:

June 6, 2009, 12:38 am

Well, Im not speaking for myself but my wife had experince a house that was haunted. While staying in the house she seen and felt unexplain things. Such as, Door knobs turning, T.V. changing by itself, lights turning on and off and the bed would sink down like someone was sitting in on it. also her bed would shake but she was thinking it was a minor earthquake lol.

Ivonne P. says:

June 10, 2009, 1:20 pm

well idk if i believe this story but it seems pretty ok .=]

maribell borjon says:

June 26, 2009, 6:12 pm

I believe this considering the fact that i live in delhi which is 10 min. away from turlock.

Clifford Hillman says:

August 10, 2009, 10:11 pm

Why is it that we read and see shows about ghost but it is next to impossible to find a group to join on an investigation?

Kane says:

August 14, 2009, 5:06 pm

I remember it was back then when i was 10, it was Halloween so my friends and me we went around the neighborhood trick-or-treating. Then we were lost for a bit because we don’t really know the way but it was lucky for us that my other friend with his sister came and she is older than us all so we decided to stick with them since it’ll be safer that way. After trick-or-treating it was 10:00 and everybody say their goodbye and we all went home, but when I try to look back at my friend’s sister face i can’t see it maybe it was too dark and then my eye started to become watery(idk it happen everytime like goosebumps) so i ran straight home. Days later( 2 weeks) after that she hang herself in the bathroom. So I began to wonder what happen? So I started to ask some friends they says that she hang herself because she started seen and hearing ghost and every night when she go to sleep she always turn on the tv in her room so she won’t be scare. She also try to tell her mom about it but the mom don’t believe much because she don’t see and hear things like her daughter. I think she might got tired of living that way and so she hang herself but maybe she might got possessed but idk she just hang herself and die plus she was home alone with a little sister about 5 years old. Til this day I still hear rumors that she it haunting the house and some couple that just move in. During at night there would be light flickering and the tv will turn on by itself.

Hi everybody thanks for reading all this is true My grandparents still live near there and everytime i got over to my grandparents it give me the watery eye. Also those houses were built on top of a cemetery so alot of things happen but this story is enough.

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Meagan O says:

October 13, 2009, 10:23 pm

I think you people really should learn how to spell correctly….I mean its really horrible, I haven’t read one comment that everything was spelled correctly. You expect people to believe all of these stories of ghost & spirts and stuff when I find it hard to believe that most of you don’t even have a high school education…..someone answer that for me….

Lizz says:

October 14, 2009, 9:39 am

To Meagon ,

Have it ever accured to you that most of the people who are submitting these stories are GHOST also….. HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!!!!.

*~Jessica~* says:

November 6, 2009, 10:21 am

This stuff is awesome, I’m the kind of person that wants to do this when I grow up. Me and my family moved to a haunted house at one time, it scared my mother so much that we had to move out. I REALLY wanna go back, but can’t.

myrna says:

November 10, 2009, 1:20 am

One day I stay at my sister in law’s trailer to help her clean her house..Time went by got very late so I stayed over..We where all in bed when we heard nocking at all the windows and doors..We thought someone was playing a joke at us so we started to look out the windows of room..As we started to go down the hall the freaken trailer started to shack sideways..was no earthquicks cause we dont get them…all the sudden all the dogs started to park and haller.. She’s heard noices before this incident they even called the ghost Goerge, but never like this day scared the living crab out of us..Her daughters where all scared and my brother was working graveyard…It was a very bad experience…

Jennifer says:

November 10, 2009, 10:51 pm

I live like five minutes away from this place and pass by it every day.
It’s a really pretty building. Never been in it though. lol.

Michael says:

November 15, 2009, 1:16 pm

I live in Turlock less than a block from where this hospital used to be. I’ll never forget getting woken up one early May morning to fire truck sirens as I came outside and looked down the street at the blazing flames I realized it was the old collins hospital in burning to a crisp.. At that time there had been only homeless living in the vacant hospital for several years and it was always said to have been haunted. Now stands a new building housing retired elderly. If you want to see a picture of the old hospital

Gert says:

November 15, 2009, 2:52 pm

I know I believe for I have seen more than one person can believe. I have always lived in a haunted house one place or another. As now I still live in one. I can remember when I was 8 years old. We moved into this one house, I could just feel something was wrong. The first night we slept there I started to hear this noise. A woman was screaming. The screams got closer and closer, It scared the **** out of me just hearing this Then I noticed it was coming to my bedroom. I looked up and I seen this man chasing this woman and as he caught her at my window he cut her throat. This happened everynight at 12:05. We didn’t live there very long about a month. When we moved it was as before a haunted house but just something different this time. Each house has been different each place. Some weren’t as bad as others

Myrna says:

November 27, 2009, 8:18 pm

Im from a very small town Douglas Az. its a historic town…The Gaston Hotel came out in unsolve mistory supposely it has three ghost…The front desk keeps a notebook of all the costumers experienced they had in this haunted rooms I’v gone to the rooms to see if I feel anything or see no luck yet lol. I work for a company named C.E.P.E.S. with disable people we just moved to a new house that the company bought them instead of paying rent..well anyways all the consumers where sleeping all ready and all staff where taking a break at the kitchen just minding are owen business..When all three of us heard a big loud laugh right next to me and it sounded like it ran away..the next day staff saw a little girl at the laundry room and ran to a closet of one of the consumers closet..One of the staff “”supposely asked the little girl why she was laughing little girl just shook her shoulders and ran away and started laughing again…

becka says:

January 30, 2010, 7:44 pm

ok? i don’t no if thats true or fulse? its pretty scarey though

BB says:

April 6, 2010, 11:56 pm

My Aunt And Great Grandmother Live Out In Anza Here In CA , Every House They Have Ever Lived In Has Had Unexplained Things Happen. My Little Cousin Who Was Three Had Been Pushed Off The Bed, My Grandmothers Dolls Have Been Pushed Off Her Dresser. My Aunt Sometimes Would Wake Up And She Would Be Face To Face With Something. I Don’t Know If Any Of you Know Where Anza Is But There Is Not Much Out There At all And Every House Is Far From Each other. Pretty Spooky Stuff , But They Seem To Have Ignore It Now. My Great Grandmother Thinks Its Her Daughter Who Passed Away When She Was Only A Baby. We Think She Is Jealous Of Kids. We Call Her The Little Girl In The Dress

Allessa says:

May 2, 2010, 9:40 pm

When i was little i went t0 the Cementary and my dead granpa appeared in a grave standing there staring at me and mom but my my dint notice she was putting some things on his grave it is scary

angel says:

May 21, 2010, 1:35 am

well i have beem studying ghosts for 5 years and if you want me to give you proff the just contact me at… ok i will be waiting

Grady says:

June 21, 2010, 11:28 am

This is so weird. I was just in this building not too long ago and I know the owner. I had no idea any of this happened.

lupe says:

September 1, 2010, 5:54 pm

I do think ghost are real I exspearianced it my self every time we move somthing follows me

Your Face says:

September 14, 2010, 2:24 pm

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Leave it to beaver says:

September 26, 2010, 4:51 pm

every one isnt perfect

Chris says:

October 4, 2010, 3:18 pm

Well,i think that ghost are humans in another dimension,like when your playing an online game and you have to choose a server,when you see a ghostly figure it might be because you where looking at the right place,at the right time and you captured a little blend between a dimension,so you think its a ghost but in fact,its a human,and they might think of us as a ghost,think about it,why don’t ghost have faces,you cant see them so you don’t know if its a dead friend or something

Michael Pool says:

October 9, 2010, 11:47 pm

I am a paranormal investigator. I and a few of my friends who i work with while investigating the paranormal would love to go visit this place and see if it really is huanted. We always can use the great experience. We are very descrete and do not give away locations or any kind of personal information. We really would love the chance to come and take a look and see what we can catch on our video camera and audio tapes. We are looking forward from hearing from you. Please email me at my email, Thanks. Hope to hear from you soon.

dee schaefer says:

October 22, 2010, 3:15 am

Would love to have the owners invite certain individuals that are real non-believers to experience the abnormal overnight and then decide whether something deserves truth or not. Start with the skeptics of testimonials of all the comments seen here. It definitely would be interesting to compare initial response to aftermath.

chrystyna says:

October 23, 2010, 10:40 pm

As one who has not seen but heard “spirits”, I do believe. However, some of the shows on t.v. are not convincing enough, nor are their EVP recordings. I would gladly be willing to investigate some of these places if money and job allowed it.
As to ObiWanKaNobi and his “SOUL to SOUL” b.s.-take it down the road scammer-send me a check n we can talk…LOL

ann carson says:

October 24, 2010, 11:01 am

My son, 23, is living in his fathers house, Minerva, Ohio, which I know to be haunted because I used to live there also when the kids were little. I had never actually saw anything but heard light switches go on and off quite often, feelings of being watched things like that. But my son has heard this ghost many times talking, moving things , walking , etc. he affectionally named him Henry, and my daughter has actually seen a young man in her fathers bedroom that seemed as startled to see her as she was him. My son would love to have this house investigated if possible. Also almost everytime a picture is taken of my son, there are always orbs floating around. This happens whether pictures are they are taken at his house or mine, 2 miles away. And at my property both of my kids have claimed to see an Indian woman up in our field, They had found an old cemetary not far from our property line. Would your team be interested in looking into this as the house im Minerva will be put on the market in the spring then we may never know. Is it possible for my son to attract spirits. Orbs seem to follow him.

Maria says:

October 24, 2010, 5:33 pm

I believe it. I’ve had tons of experiences with “spirits”, although I believe they are all demons disguising themselves…

Kiona York says:

November 3, 2010, 4:27 pm

I have had many of what I think to be encounters with ghosts or spirits. My friends and I like to joke around with each other about being pycich, and when we do, I always have a strange feeling like I’m being watched. Last year, my dog died and I cried a lot. the next morning, I saw a black dog that looked simalar to mine walk up to me, walk away, and then a car would pass by and the dog would be gone. I have told my mom about this several times, but she thinks it’s just my imajination, being I’m only 12 I understand why she thnks that, and she’s sending me to counciling for it. I also have many dreams of me walking in a graveyard looking for something, but I still have no idea what. And when I would wake up I would see what looks like my grandmother sitting in the desk chair I have in my room, then I would rub my eyes and she would dissapear. My dad is the manager of Burger King, and he says It’s haunted, I believe him. I was closing with him for the night and he went outside to get something from his truck. I was sitting in his office beside the kitchen, and out of no where I would here the toilets flush, and they’re sencored. It was as if the ghost or whatever it was, was walking down the bathroom. When my dad got back I told him about this and he went into the bathroom to see what it could have been, but nothing and no one was there. The managers of Burger King have encountered the ghost, they have also named him and be-friended him. (I call it “him” because it only haunts the mens’ bathroom)

Brenda says:

December 8, 2010, 12:42 pm

To Meagan O,,
First off, no one asked you for your opinion and what you think! Secondly, if people dont belive this then why waste your time and look at this website? Thirdly, are you sure you have a high school education? Oh yeah, is all of this spelled CORRECTLY enough for you!!!

AND yes i do belive in ghost and this sounds like a place i would like to go.

Timmy says:

March 21, 2011, 5:49 am

Brenda, ya spelled believe wrong! NOW, c´mon!!

And by the way, all this bickering on the message boards just worries me. We´re here arguing while these darn ghosts are haunting our houses! C´MON!!

Madonna says:

March 27, 2011, 9:01 pm

I was born in the Lillian Collins Hospital in 1954, I have 2 brothers also
born there one in 1950 and the other in 1952..our family lived in Winton,CA. I guess that was the closest hospital.

khalid savage says:

March 29, 2011, 10:31 am

man this is real stuff like ive beed believing in this since i was able to comprehnd most things but people think its a joke but these things you have to take seriously because you never know this might just happen by you or with you one day in your life.

khalid savage says:

March 29, 2011, 10:36 am

excuse me brenda is it you seem to have a fucked up attitude and you seem likea a ***** and a little girl because your arguing on a website that is about ghost really get a life

Kim says:

April 19, 2011, 12:46 am

Hi. I live in Turlock, CA. I live in a Victorian home that is 15 yrs old. Since the 1st 3 weeks of living here, I started feeling that there was something wrong with the house. I felt “watched” but not just by one. There are many spirits here. I also caught multiple orbs on a video a few months ago while filming my son.  
Ive seen a shadow the size of a 3 year old on my staircase multiple times.  I recently hired a lady to help with housekeeping. She claims she was scared out of my house by demonic spirits and now she’ll only come to clean if I’m home. (I didn’t disclose my spirits experiences with her.)

Recently, we had our staircase recarpetted. One week after, each of my children and I were tripped while walking down the staircase ALONE. EVEN My dogs see the spirits. I still have the video if you are interested.

Tony says:

July 24, 2011, 5:24 am

I would be interested in your video..

Mariah says:

August 3, 2011, 4:18 pm

Hey Maribell its me mariah from neil hafley. please text me.

Jules says:

August 13, 2011, 6:59 pm

I was a person who lived in fear of the unknown. Paranormal investigating has been therapy for me. I have heard things that cannot be explained. I am no longer a skeptic. Just because you cant see it does not mean it is not there. Thank god for the microscope or we would have never discovered the “germ”.

logan says:

December 19, 2011, 6:28 pm

i do believe it is haunted…the mercantile building and others downtown are haunted, i myself would enjoy investigating these places and would also enjoy hearing the EVP from the above article

Lana says:

July 3, 2012, 8:44 pm

My grandma was murdered in my house… I hear noises at night all the time, explained banging on the roof door, and doors lock by themselves.. Loose items are tossed around outside all the time.. Tv channels switch, and pots, plates, cups, and silverware Kline in the kitchen as though someone were doing the dishes,, O.o

leona says:

April 20, 2013, 1:52 am

The other night i was just sitting on my carpet looking through pictures.and i felt someone or something kicked or more like a hard push on my butt i screamed and looked all around sure that no one was there i know it gappened cause it was throbing for a minute.just today my roomate walked out the sliding door and wen i went to open it it ead locked she couldnt and did not lockit that crazy or what and no im not in drugs!

Scaretastic Investigations says:

November 21, 2013, 4:29 pm

Wow this would be great to investigate may we come in and try? -Leila
Yes, can we? -Maddie

Bruce B. says:

June 8, 2014, 3:45 am

I was born in this hospital on July 6, 1950.

Wrong location for Lillian Collins Hospital. says:

November 7, 2015, 8:22 pm

Lillian Collins Hospital was located on Crane Ave, one block south of specified location.

Venkman says:

June 29, 2016, 3:57 pm

I’ve stumbled across something weird in the VA listings. I think the section of this website is actually haunted by Zumi

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