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Mental Institution for Children

Meadow Vista, California

This site, which now lies deep in the woods, was once a mental institution for many “crazy” children in the 1930s. There is also a hospital associated with the abandoned cabins that lies 10 miles away. The children, who were violent or depressed, were sent here for treatment. Children who misbehaved were strapped to the beds with belts and beaten until they were unconscious. Many the children were killed and due to this cruelty, the facility was closed and the gate around the hospital’s perimeter was chained closed. Many have seen not only lights in the windows, but shadows of children as well.

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Elizabeth says:

September 29, 2005, 3:23 pm

Where does this place exists? Can you visit it? Reason I ask is because I live right by a town called Meadwo Vista in California?

dan 134 says:

October 6, 2005, 5:04 am

i know where this place is – its not a place anybody wants to visit trust me on that because ive been there. im a big guy, im tough, to say the least im a bodybuilder. but the night 3 of my buddies and myself decided to venture out and check it out i wanted to make a doodle in my pants. 3 things happened. about a 1/4 a mile before we got there my ears got incredibly hot with a negative intense feeling. when we got there, inititially nothing happened. for the first 25 minutes. then our dura-duracell die hard batteries shorted out all of a sudden. i wanted to cry. i couldnt believe it. then it all of a sudden started sprinkling rain, then like 10 minutes later it poured with hella gusts of wind. i started raging and was yelling out to anything out there to bring it on. nothing happened but after recalling the whole thing and talking about it, im actually glad nothing did.

Exene says:

October 9, 2005, 5:11 pm

wow dan! how strange! did u see anything…like it saud in the bullitin?

Rob says:

October 24, 2005, 4:32 am

If anyone can please send me directions even if they are vague I’m from Citrus Heights not far away at all. I would like to check this out so any help is much appreciated warnings are not needed.

JARETH says:

October 28, 2005, 8:01 pm

HOLY ****! Thats crazy and I thought my house was Haunted…….Wow I wanna visit That Place My Friend Actully went in to that place around midnight She climbed the wall I pitty that fool She Walked in sid and It was all dark and **** She heard laughing and Yelling and even saw a kid with dark Black Hair And crazed Eyes She Got him on Film as well. **** it scared the **** outta me and her other friend , My friend She Doesn’t get scared Easly So That didn’t faze her too much.

CHristine says:

November 9, 2005, 12:33 pm

Hi All Please do tell me the address of this Place this is a must see.

Rubi Bernardino says:

November 10, 2005, 8:20 pm

I would like more information about the haunted house and directions how to get there. Is there any pictures or something like that?? This house sounds really scary!!

VerbalKent1313 says:

December 31, 2005, 12:54 am

Anyone esp. (Dan134) could yall help me out with the location of this site it sounds to have some interesting activity that i would like to document(also i would be interested in seeing any pics/vids that anyone would be kind enough to share, i am a Paranormal Field Investigator with 5+ years of field experience and this sounds interesting….please hit a brotha at

thanks for your time and consideration.


Linz says:

March 3, 2006, 11:58 pm

I’ve been here as well and it’s not in Meadow Vista it’s in Colfax. I was there with my friend one day right after basketball practice and the police chased us away. We went back there that night and put baby powder on the bumper and killed our engine and put our car in nuetral. Then our car started to move forward. We were scared shitless but we parked the car and got out. Little finger prints were on the bumper and then we heard crying. We ran like hell to the car and drove fast as sh*t away. HAHA it was hilarious but scary as f*ck!!!

nion lopez says:

April 7, 2006, 5:10 pm

is this cool or isit a load o bull

kim says:

June 7, 2006, 6:03 pm

when did this all take plase i don’t believe such facility that beat and kill our children and one gets arrested ever existed if you guys believe this **** yoou guys are stupid

-ariel says:

June 7, 2006, 6:35 pm

omg omg omg !! thats crazy !! .. syke!! thats retarted!!!!! who wud believe thiss stuff ???

Heidi says:

July 13, 2006, 9:52 pm

I talked with a local historian and they said the only place that existed that fit this description was near a lake. There is a mental institution in working in Applegate.

Sara + Jessica+ Christina says:

July 14, 2006, 1:17 am

This story is sad, but scary at the same time. I would like to know the address. I really don’t believe in beating children to death or hitting then unconsious

Sara + Jessica+ Christina says:

July 14, 2006, 1:17 am

This story is sad, but scary at the same time. I would like to know the address. I really don’t believe in beating children to death or hitting them unconsious.

Kate says:

August 14, 2006, 9:42 am

this sounds lyk a load of bull dont ya think it wud b on the internet if a place dat woz shut down for beating children?

Alkatr0z says:

September 9, 2006, 12:47 am

Wow dan.. Lets get this freaky story straight.. Your ears got hot. Your batteries died, it started to rain. And you got scared..

This is just plain bullshit. Probably got the idea from playing Thief III(Orphanage level).

Amanda says:

September 15, 2006, 8:33 pm

I believe stories like these because my friend’s house is haunted.

tanya says:

September 24, 2006, 8:41 pm

I can’t sware by the authentity of this story. But it is something interesting to find out about and check out. Isn’t that what the supernatural is about?Finding about the unknown!You just never know!!!!!!!!!!

paul t. geist says:

October 2, 2006, 8:42 pm

It’s not snobbish to say what I’m about to say. It’s nothing anyone should have any cause to get upset about. And you’re not proving anything by getting angry and doing the opposite. Please. People, please. For the love of Jehovah, please. Retards. Re-read what you’ve just written in this three by five inch box before posting. Once that’s done–and should it prove necessary–make corrections! I know grammar is boring. I know spelling is sometimes confusing. Nevertheless, it’s something that must be dealt with. You’re excused, of course, if English is a (i.e. your) second language. The rest of you numbnuts, though, are on my list. You will be killed and turned into ghosts to haunt libraries for ever and ever and ever more.

Lisa says:

October 3, 2006, 8:12 pm

Could someone please let me know where this place is located and how to get there. I am from the Meadow Visa area and have heard nothing about it.

gwoman says:

October 6, 2006, 12:36 am

I remember hearing about this place a long time ago. I don’t think the place exists. If it did, maybe someone would say where it is!!!!

RJ says:

October 11, 2006, 5:01 pm

actually the mental hospitals back then were very cruel to children and they did somtimes kill them by accident or not by accident

mike says:

October 16, 2006, 9:04 pm

allright.. im pretty sure that everyone is making this place up.. because if it were real then why the hell doesn’t the tough guy, “bodybuilder” tell anyone were it is.. because it’s not real.. why don’t yo actually grow a sack and tell people, and let them see it for themselves..

Jessica Reiner Samanta Hernandez says:

October 18, 2006, 7:50 pm

Well we were just wondering where it is and if you could send us directions to get there before halloween?

Jeff says:

October 24, 2006, 4:13 pm

Where is this place actually located if it even is someone tell us the exact location if you ve ever been there… thanks!

Jeff says:

October 24, 2006, 4:14 pm

Where is this place actually located if it even is real, someone tell us the exact location if you ve ever been there… thanks!

Sara says:

October 28, 2006, 6:30 pm

Me no like shadow children. hehe

That’s so sad about them.

Conner Mills says:

December 29, 2006, 10:41 pm

DIRECTIONS:Gosh people who dont think this is real are stupid ok it is located ACTUALLY IN APPLEGATE if you get off on the applegate exit then go right and follow that road untill u go to a stop sign then go left and go untill you get to a train trussel and then right after the train trussel go right on boal road then follow that road and then on the left there is a sign lady of the woods its way back there i live by it believe me its true U GUYZ ARE FOOLS ITS REAL!!!!

Senovia says:

February 2, 2007, 8:03 pm

Thanks Conner Mills. I am actully glad not to be you at this moment. I am going to visit this summer with my husband and friends. Maybe yoy could email me with more info about this area. My email is

Jacob Wright says:

February 8, 2007, 11:09 pm

I have to admit thank you guys for the best laugh I have had in a lifetime, especially for someone who hasn’t had a laugh in 5 years. thank you so much!!!

Meredith says:

February 23, 2007, 6:09 pm

This sounds so gay…
Would you really believe this stupid retarted guy?
Please.. all these people who believe him are on crack!

Ice Queen says:

March 3, 2007, 11:30 pm

i know somone in one of those places.its bad enuf for adults,but for children?this is a really sad story. id really like to visit here,if only i lived closer.


Rebekah says:

March 19, 2007, 7:45 pm

Hey guys my name is rebekah and i live in alta ca about 16 miles from where this is okay so heres the scoop ive been there a couple times although ive never seen and ghost i have been freaked out at the silence and the freaky cabins…it is located in applegate on Our Old Lady of the Oaks” road…there is a tennis club tthat is in front of the cabins…there is a “lake” more like a big pond that they are right next too. there is the hospital there and there are cabins right next to it…no they are not 10 miles away but i havent been 10 miles from the old hospital…there are about 3or 4 cabins that you can look into and there is one raod in and one out you have to sneak by the tennis club and the person who has to deal with all the kids trying to see this place…it is fun and scary to go because you work yourself is history with a bad vibe!

Sam says:

June 28, 2007, 11:07 pm

does anyone have anymore background on this place? it may be a bunch of bull but it would make a great book

lamara says:

July 16, 2007, 9:32 am

hi all this does sound scary but a little overrated, i think if u look back on what people say it is all about the same story but these storys have been twisted the truth of what really happened is out there in that place and in the souls of those poor children, if you really want to know the truth if you believe it and you are as brave as you say then why not take the ouija board there? that would take some guts of steel if you believe this really?

fallen says:

September 11, 2007, 4:32 pm

I would like to address the whole Ouija Board thing…

These are not toys. They are not meant to be used by just anyone. And you could do alot of bad **** with one.

Now I would like to address the whole thing about the truth of this case…

It seems to me people who post comments aren’t doing their homework. Back in the early days of Sanatriums (SP) there was alot of bad stuff going on. Not to mention most people who put their “loved ones” there didn’t even want people knowing they had people like that in their family. So why would they say anything if a few of them turned up dead?

So please do not accuse the posted of the case of not doing their research when I see alot of unresearched facts posted in the comments.

And if you feel a need to debunk the cases here then why bother even reading them.

LydCat says:

September 12, 2007, 5:50 pm

As creep ( and yes sad) as this story is, it is also a complete fabrication. The ‘sanitorium’ and surrounding cabins are actually part of a Jesuit retreat in Applegate CA. The main building was built in the first decade of the 20th century for the Providence of the Society for Jesus with the surrounding cabins built several years later. At no time in its 100 year history was it a children’s asylum. In fact, the Jesuit community has recently started the process of rebuilding the estate for both personal and public use. By the way, the full name of the buildings is Our Lady of the Oaks Villa.

nick says:

September 22, 2007, 2:18 am

Please please please if anyone has an adress i would be greatly appreciated. im gonna work on an article on haunted places of california for a newspaper article and i want to visit or get some pics from far away.

Kaelin says:

September 30, 2007, 4:41 pm

Hello fellow haunt seekers, my name’s Kaelin and I’ve recently been studying the paranormal and related such sunjects. Currently I’m looking for some haunted locations throughout California where myself and a small company of about 3-5 people would be able to stay the night to do some investigations. If anyone has some suggestions for places we should visit, let us know. You can contact me at the following email address, which is also my msn messenger contact.

Thanks in advance,

HotCarl4All says:

October 6, 2007, 2:47 am

Don’t you find it absolutely RETARDED when people call other people “RETARTED?!?!!!”

guy says:

October 26, 2007, 11:08 am

“wow dan! how strange! did u see anythingâ?¦like it saud in the bullitin?”

Comment by Exene

WTF is this? Whoa people, you seriously cannot be this dumb. Saud???? F*ckin aye man, your F*CKIN STUPID. How the hell do you even operate a computer? I hope you don’t drive. Danger Car!!!

guy says:

October 26, 2007, 11:13 am

Itâ??s not snobbish to say what Iâ??m about to say. Itâ??s nothing anyone should have any cause to get upset about. And youâ??re not proving anything by getting angry and doing the opposite. Please. People, please. For the love of Jehovah, please. Retards. Re-read what youâ??ve just written in this three by five inch box before posting. Once thatâ??s doneâ??and should it prove necessaryâ??make corrections! I know grammar is boring. I know spelling is sometimes confusing. Nevertheless, itâ??s something that must be dealt with. Youâ??re excused, of course, if English is a (i.e. your) second language. The rest of you numbnuts, though, are on my list. You will be killed and turned into ghosts to haunt libraries for ever and ever and ever more.

Comment by paul t. geist

Yeah Paul!!! Your down!! Thats right, I’m chinese people. CHINESE!! So if I can spell better then you, man… you should just give up on life. make yourself a permanent addition to this site. Hehehe…

Anna says:

October 27, 2007, 11:10 am

I used to work at Our Lady of the Oaks. It is a Catholic Retreat. It is located off Boole Road in Applegate. You really shouldn’t be looking in the cabins. I know that someone lives in one. Someone lives in the house by the “lake”. From the history I was told by the man who runs the place, it was a hunting lodge in the early 1900’s. I have seen the pictures that back that story up. The retreat is about 300 acres. I never heard anything about it being a mental hospital for children or adults. I have been in every building on the property and have never seen nor felt anything. I have been there late at night and early in the morning. I think you guys have the wrong place.

spanky says:

December 3, 2007, 3:06 am

i think its called the weimar institute now.

steven says:

December 18, 2007, 4:44 pm

DO THE DANCE WITH ME! “)> lalalala

niksof says:

January 1, 2008, 10:05 am

wow sounds like a cool place that asylm. personally i dont get it-if places like this are so cursed and haunted why dosen’t someone ohh i don’t know knock them down or leave warning signs saying “beware this place is f-ing haunted, don’t sh*t your pants”.

Shawn says:

January 19, 2008, 8:45 pm

Hey everyone, I live in Meadow Vista, and in fact I just two nights ago went to this place. My friends and I were driving around hoping to find a badass place to Egg, or TP. We were thinking of Winchester, but we decided it felt really wierd (odd). So we drove around for a while, then we decided to get someones house apposed to houses in Winchester. So we went back into town (Meadow Vista) and we were thinking to go somewhere, and the driver (18 years of age) decided we should go check out this so called “Haunted House”, at the time I wasn’t that bothered by it. But, I did not know what this place was. As things continued to be odd through the night (Winchester has no security for some reason, everyone has their indoor lights off when it’s only midnight, Meadow Vista is completely ******* empty… a COMPLETE ghost town.. for the firt time I have ever seen)So we drove to Applegate and made way to our destination. the next wierd scary and odd thing, was the fact that the first closed and locked gate/fence was completey wide open. So we drove down that terribly scary *** dirt road (ignoring the fact that it was opened) and eerie chills struck everyone in the car, and we had been scared shitless. Continually driving towards the Asylum, we arrived no much longer after that happened. as we slowly turned the corner I looked to my left and we had arrived. The Brick structure gave a gothic brutal gruesome feeling just by the stare. We decided to stay infront of the building because there was no way in hell I would go in there, or attempt at the time of day. We sat in the car facing the building; Fear crowded in the car, as we stared into the windows. Not less then 2 minutes later we heard a buch of movement, almost clattering coming from the inside of this place. I kid you not, we heard some really wierd disturbing noises. Knowing that whatever we had come to see was iside that building we continued on and sat there waiting for something to happen again. We waited about 5 minutes until we heard ambient and very odd noises coming from out of the huge hills of brush surrounding that place, so we decided to get the hell out of there. so we drove away reletivley slow (I dont know what was with my friend that had been driving). But we made it out…..scared shitless. We wanted to go back home. More odd **** kept happening. We checked our phones, 3 of 5 phones had died. Mine thankfully did not. Battery had been completely drained. And that is no freak coincidence all phones were fully operable before arriving at that place.
The highway was empty as we crossed the overpass, and drove the side roads along the highway (we had view of the highway for at least 7 minutes) very very odd. And once we met an intersection (haven’t seen a person, and or car for the last 20 minutes) all the lights were RED. A four way intersection, no one at any of them. All RED! Everything, even the turnings (which usually arent more than anything). Everything was RED. The freaky **** is that they didnt change we just had to drive through them. (You can say its a technical difficulty all you want, no way it was, my feeling was too strong). After the intersection we drove back into town, and back to my friends house. The next day (around 1 in the afternoon), we decided to go there to further more inspect it. The gate was locked this time. We went on foot and hopped the fence. One of my close friends decided to go into the house! He was being crazy! He hoped the second fence (The bobwire fence surrounding the building) he stayed on the bottom floor. We talked to him from outside the building. Not less then fifty feet in was a ******* COFFIN! He yelled it to us, and we told him to get the hell out of there and that we were leaving. Instead of listening, he picked up a led pipe near the ground next to him. He used all his courage and insanity to open it up. He used the pipe to almost pry open the coffin. He must have been pale white, until he noticed nothing was in there. He booked it out of there, he couldnt take it anymore. We left back home.

The place is haunted, no doubt.

Lily says:

March 6, 2008, 6:54 pm

I am from Half Moon Bay and my sister worked as a waitress at the Distillery for 2 weeks and says she will NEVER go back. Not even for dinner. She doesn’t really talk about what happened except for 1 story:
The wine cellar is located downstairs and the door opens inward. One night she went down to retrieve a second bottle of wine for her table and couldn’t get the door to open. It took 3 strong guys to finally pushed the door open, when they managed to peak inside they saw that all the cases of wine had been pushed up against the door, all the way to the ceiling. She hates it there. Even when we drive by she gets creeped out.

Don says:

May 4, 2008, 7:08 pm

Here’s the real story o and location of this site. Yes its 100+ years old and was/is a treatment facility. The cabins are still there and the lodge (not a hospital) is still there.

Our Lady of the Oaks Applegate, CA

Siegel & Strain recently completed a masterplan for the California Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for their retreat facility in the Sierra Foothills just east of Auburn. The project encompasses approximately 300 contiguous acres of meadow and densely forested hillsides above the American River. The original 100 year old lodge and cabins, and the more recent structures were evaluated for their architectural and structural integrity and their environmental performance. The master plan includes recommendations for new structures and modifications to existing ones. Additionally, it addresses the Jesuits’ environmental concerns and is designed with the intent that the facility be a rentable mountain retreat when not in use by the Jesuits.

Adelyn says:

May 30, 2008, 3:05 pm

I love haunted houses and my sister and I are lookimg for some places to go.Has anyone ever been to Zombie Road.Or have any good sugestions on where we could go.

Adelyn says:

May 30, 2008, 3:07 pm

My sister and I are looking for some good haunted places to go. Has anyone been to Zombie Road or have any sugestions

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June 26, 2008, 3:45 pm

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matthew says:

August 14, 2008, 3:43 pm

After reading some all of your accounts and experiences of this place i did not know what to believe I had to check it out myself. Last night six friends and I drove up there. When you get to the locked gate by the Catholic Resort there is a sign or more of a memorial to a fraternity of some kind that was at that spot there is also information about a publishing company on that spot also. I assumed this “asylum” was not there. However my friends and I hiked up the dirt path and if you stay to the right you come upon an old brick building about a half a mile in. This building is very eerie, it is completely boarded up and has some sort of alarm system according to the seals on the doors and windows. It is most definitely 1800s built. Now I could not tell you if this was is or more preferable was an insane aylum for children, that is beyond me. The only evidence that maybe suggested that was the small and strangly well kept flower gardens by the door way. There was little benches that suggest they were for children. Now we had no recording equipment that some howslipped my mind. There was definite movement in the surrounding bushes and trees, this is frightening but hardly evidence of a haunting. I assume a rabbit or coyote. However, three of our group heard what they called knocking or maybe even hammering coming from the inside of this building. From this trip there is no conclusive evidence of a haunting at this site, but you do never know maybe we just didn’t get as lucky as some of these other persons.

Erik says:

August 24, 2008, 1:34 am

This is non existent. My friend lives here and is very annoyed when people come looking for haunted houses.

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Kevin says:

October 3, 2008, 1:47 pm

Your story is true because I watched a movie that was based on the same story and the producer himself died at after the production of the film.
He was 21 years old and was not ill…

PaigeyMo0826 says:

November 8, 2008, 11:19 am

This house thats next to my friend’s house is really haunted. Check it out. It’s on 28 Crescent St Rockland, Me.

Ar says:

November 8, 2008, 11:25 am

Brady boy is my cat,my dog is maggie.and my other cat is molly power.

Shampagne says:

December 16, 2008, 10:03 am

That is terrible but all jokes aside that should be a haunted house that you could visit at halloween.

Charlie22 says:

December 29, 2008, 4:29 am

I was at a friends house one time, you know the whole spending the night thing back in high school. Well anyways she lived in an old house that used to be an army hospital. So to get to the point we lit a candle and you know what they say about the flame on the candle, right. Well if not they say if a spirit is near then the flame on the candle will shoot up about two inches or three. Well the candle did just that and then it went right back down. It was really creepy, but after that happened we decided to go to bed. All throughout the night I kept hearing strange noises that you usually don’t hear in a normal house. There were drawers slamming open and shut, screaming, and you could hear metal banging together. The next morning I got woke up with something or someone pushing on my back. I turned around and no one was there, thats when I looked over at my friend and she was still sleeping, so I figured it couldn’t have been her. Well that is my story about what I have experienced. You can write to me and tell me what you think about what I have told you at
Thanks for listening/reading.

nelly says:

March 7, 2009, 12:40 am

can you site a picture of that place….i cant visit its far from our location where i live.i just curious about that

Samantha says:

March 21, 2009, 4:19 pm

Does anyone know if this busilding is still there or where it’s located in Meadow VIsta/Colfax? I’d like to go there

Sam says:

March 21, 2009, 4:20 pm

Where is this place? Id like to go there

kaylie says:

April 1, 2009, 11:27 am

ive been there
its me in the window~!
scared yall =]

cody says:

April 14, 2009, 8:14 pm

well i have stumbaled among this crazy house about 3 to 4 weeks ago and now i am scared for my life i do not want to got there agine

reuben says:

October 30, 2009, 12:44 am

i think it is the weimar institute that they are talking about.

mckenzie says:

November 8, 2009, 8:35 pm

Okay, your such a tough guy.
but, you wanted to make a doodle in your pants.
and your batteries went out? and you cry?
and it rains and you freakout. sounds like a storm to me.
LOLOLOLOLOLOL. storms usually start out by sprinkling, and then getting harder. so, good luck in your future. LMFAO.

Kandy says:

January 21, 2010, 10:26 am

Well, first off why would you want to go to a place with so much great depression, violence, and massacred little boys and girls. I will tell you all something my Great Grandmother worked there as one of the head nurses. When kids were blind or whatever, the head nurse Dr. Flink, he thought if he shoved ice picks in their eyes it would eventually help them regain there sight. Well After about 1 week or so they would die. My grandmother tells me stories all the time. The adress is 5776 Ellenburk Drive. I’m literally begging you not to visit, I have a scar on my back from when I got to encounter with a young girl, she said her name was Elonora..Creepy..

Torie says:

January 21, 2010, 10:34 am

Kandy is my big sister I’m 15 shes 17, what she is saying is all true.
It all started on halloween night. 12:43 P.M..I got dared to stay the night there by Kandy, well knowing me if you dare me to do somethimg I will. When I arrieved nothing happend for about 35 minutes, as soon as i got to the 2nd floor I started feeling uneasy. I couldn’t believe my eyes but I saw a little girl about 7 or 8 years of age maybe. She was wearing a pale pink silky dress saying ” Torie, please help me, free me, I know you, you’re grandmother was Marie, she was awful, she helped trying to dig my eyes out”..Now she was ragging and screaming to the top of her lungs at me “let me out of here you bit**!!!!”.. Then she looked at me and
I felt a great depression…She died of lukimia? I think it’s cancer lol. But I live a few miles away from there. That is a place I will never go agian.

Brandan says:

May 17, 2010, 9:27 pm

This story was on Ghost Adventures!


lashay says:

May 19, 2010, 2:41 pm

where is that place is it still there.

lashay says:

May 19, 2010, 2:42 pm

is it still there this very day

Sean says:

June 6, 2010, 6:20 pm

Alright team, here’s the deal. I was there last night.

In Applegate, CA you need to turn onto boole rd. and follow it a ways. There will be a sign for Our Lady of the Oaks Catholic Retreat. Go in. At the end of that road there is a division. Left is the parking lot and cabins for the retreat, and straight leads to the plaque of the Esoteric Fraternity(Esoteric Publishing Company). This plaque is between two gates. This is where you will begin to feel things if you ever do. The right gate has cameras and such so do not linger there and make sure your car is at the retreat center lot. Go over the left gate and continue walking. Caution is a good idea. This is where we had our first encounter. A six or seven year old girl in a dingy hospital gown. Some of us saw her, others just saw a spot that radiated energy. The brick building is back there too. I will not tell stories of the stuff that happened there. However, I do know that this is a private road owned by an eighty year old man who is not afraid to shoot. Last but not least, this man is eighty years old. This was a hospital that closed about seventy five years ago. There are few reasons a person would choose to live somewhere haunted. My company Disappearing, Inc. is trying to gain information about this man. We want to know if he is a possible survivor of the hospital or maybe a family member passed there.

Pumpkin says:

July 8, 2010, 1:34 am

Kim how old are you ? you clearly have no idea about the earlier methods of treating what was thought to be a mentel illness…. Because of the lack of understanding and research into such illnesses many people suffered terribly, sometimes inflicting more damage to the person making them worse then they were before, sometimes even killing them. These places were terrible places to be in because of the treatment administered. Today we know more about it and use medication to control some of the symptoms. Parents of that day also thought that a difficult child was either mental or possessed and would send them away to such places making the child feel rejected and unwanted so it’s no wounder a place like this would have a bad vibe/spooky/uneasy energy to it because it’s an imprint of what once was …….

Jimi says:

August 3, 2010, 3:20 pm

I’ve lived in Meadow Vista for seven years and there is nothing like this here. There is an old childrens mental institution in applegate across from the nuns retreat. There is a fenced around it with barbed wire and it isn’t that scary. I’ve also heard that there are acouple old whore houses in applegate that are really scary.

charlotter says:

August 24, 2010, 8:28 am

The first mental institution in the western part of the us, was in stockton, california in the early 1800s, it is now the university of stanislaus, It is said to be haunted and I myself have seen aparritions there of a woman in a long skirt a few times coming of out of the mansion. Its a huge piece of land and many buildings. In the center is a huge mansion where the main nurse would stay. I would see a woman coming out of that mansion down the walkway a few times or her standing by the huge trees and in a second she would be gone. But anyways by the late 1800s the institution got reviewed for the harsh punishment and torture they were inflicting on their patients and it was banned and almost shut down. So they agreed to have a head nurse there and she stayed in the mansion. In 2009 they were building ponds for the university and as they were digging they found 40 unmarked graves, just bodies of patients put there and forgotten. So the school put a few memorials for them but as to who were the patients, no one knows and theyre left as anonymous.When they found they bodies they immediately stopped digging anymore and just moved the bodies they found and on the property they have the directors houses who own the land because of their family who owned the institution they ordered the digging to stop so no more bodies can be found, the news reporters came and the directors tried to cover everything up, even psychics and the paranormal team tried coming. They found letters from a man who was patient there and he described the torture he went through and how he ended up there. He wrote that his sister died due to being drowned bu her significant other and he went looking for her body everyday at the delta and this other man asked him what his doing, and I believe he was an officer and the man replied he was looking for his sisters body, so the officer thinks hes crazy and he gets put in there, but he described how miserable it was and the torture and beating they received and patients dying and the cruelty. But for the childrens mental hospital to have them being beaten in the 1930s??!! That has to be false unless the time is incorrect and it happened decades earlier. Theres also one two blocks from the university of stanislaus.

charlotte says:

August 24, 2010, 8:34 am

Also in the bathroom, I would whispers of someone talking to someone when I was the only one in the bathroom and the water faucet would turn on by itself a few times and other weird noises in the bathrooms and in the halls. Its really creepy and most definitely haunted!! Its the first mental institution ever been built in the western part of the US. U guys should check it out. They rent the head nurses mansion for weddings and parties, too.i

Vannie says:

October 4, 2010, 11:26 am

Where is this place????? I want to know I’ve lived in Medow Vista CA for 15 years and Ive never heard of this place before. Anyone know???

eve says:

October 29, 2010, 12:32 am

I was looking for an institution named ‘Happy Hills Mental Institution” that supposedly the inmates took over on Halloween…. this wasthe first hit I got. Does anyone know the name of this ‘haunted’ site or anything about the ‘happy hills mental institution?” and noone seems to know where this place is located?

scary bitch!!!! says:

April 11, 2011, 7:46 pm

my team and i wanna investigate it for our show anybody know where it is!!!!??????

Joedee says:

June 5, 2011, 2:03 pm

If someone could please give me directions to this place would be so great :) My friend and i need to check it out!! Please and thank you thank you

Heeby says:

July 10, 2011, 3:20 am

I’ve been here before, twice actually. Didn’t want to go back the second time, but felt I had to. Lots of contact the first time there. Voices, lights, shadows, eyes, etc. I went back because I strongly believe that something came home with me and I needed to bring it back Not going to go into details because it frightens me just writing this now. I have friends who have seen the little girl referenced in the comments above.

NCPI Chico says:

November 26, 2011, 2:21 pm

Ok, i dont care if your a guy and your tough and it scared you .. or you think its bull **** … or you want to explore it. ALl I wish to know is Where is it?

Rich says:

December 29, 2011, 3:01 am

I’ve been there twice. It is very scarry, its a small building really although it is 2 stories. It has a pulley outside on one end for some reason and there are flowers growing inside the fenced area(like someone is taking care of them). I was there in the evening the first time, the second time during the day(I wont go there at night). Im not nessesarily a believer in ghosts but it is out in the woods and is very very creepy. My hair is standing on end right now as I write this. It is in Applegate and might be a little hard for someone to find that isnt familair with the area. It is the building just past the publishing company (really weird place for that also.).

ambie says:

February 25, 2012, 8:01 pm

Okay. So my friend and I were looking for this “abandoned hospital” up in Applegate today. If you look at Google maps, search Applegate and go up to the right off Heather Glen Drive and South Dunvegan, there’s this spiraled road that leads all the way to the top of a hill….we tried to get there but every entrance was gated off. We also asked a few residents of the trailer park where the entrances laid and nobody would tell us anything.

We thought that maybe the Catholic retreat had a road that led to this place, and there is abandoned cabins and what not there, but that is NOT the haunted place everyone is looking for. There is definitely something creepy about that “Our Lady of the Oaks” retreat, but that’s not haunted to my knowledge.

We’re going back tonight to see if we can get through the gate. There are no no trespassing signs…so we’re just gonna wing it. What is at the top of that hill?!?! That’s where the haunting is at. Nobody in Applegate will tell us anything…..creepy. Might have to check out the local library.

and to clarify there was a children’s mental institute in Weimar but it’s now a hospital.

There’s also a haunted place in Nevada City, thirty miles up. It’s an abandoned hospital
Go to the link for the information.

Rob says:

August 7, 2012, 2:00 pm

Hello my name is rob I’m a professional in the paranormal field, could anyone please send me the information on where this building is, I’ve been doing studies on a local abandoned insane asylum near where I live and I’ve been inside and out and need a new building to make a document on, what are the directions please. (no need for warning I’ve worked on this kind of thing for years, I know not to be an idiot when I go up there)

Cassy says:

September 20, 2012, 2:25 am

Ambie, I have been there in Applegate. At the bottom of the hill after you pass the publishing company, is a small outpost building. We were able to look in through the windows (some were boarded up) and it looked like there were lots of papers and old supplies of some sort. We proceeded up the hill by truck (the front gate was open for some reason), and at the top is a long rectangular 2-3 story building with **** ton of windows. It honestly resembles an old spooky looking hospital/church. On the top of the front of the building, reads “Holiness Unto the Lord” YMVH or something like that. (we actually looked up those initials after this incident and it was tied somehow to a Jewish hospital, or nurse unit, etc.) We were able to walk up the front steps, and the older gentleman whom owns the property caught us, we asked him if we could investigate or check the place out for a “documentary”, he obviously declined. I NEED TO NOTE THAT HE WAS INSIDE the building. It was really weird. The 2nd floor is the main floor, the bottom floor consists of doors on the outside, as if they were cells. I’m talking metal bars with padlocks and metal screens over where the window should’ve been. The inside of the second floor resembled the same type of doors, maybe it really was a hospital. I’m not sure. But I’d love to go back. I cn’t imagine that man still alive, he looked like some kind of druggie, and hanging on by a thread. I must warn though, as we left, (he told us to leave) we stopped by the outpost building one more time, they set off an alarm that I **** you not, sounded like Silent Hill. Like they were watching us from the building. There is another small house on the property, which he lives in. Perhaps it was a nurse’s station? I guess I can’t know for sure until we go back

Rick says:

October 30, 2012, 2:56 pm

I stayed there a few years ago during a work up wile i was in the Marine corps and oh yeah its haunted. I saw veterans of multiple combat deployments who wouldnt go back inside those buildings. I saw orbs when we wore our nvg’s. When walking through the hospital, with the power out, one step your swetting and the next you can see your breath. You can hear children screaming or laughing. A lot of crazy stuff went on there and i wouldnt go back.

Autumn says:

March 29, 2013, 2:40 am

please i know ghost hunting is fun but this place has nothing to do with an asylum or hospital of any kind. my boyfriends family live on the property. it was an old religious retirement home for people mostly after they left a war and wanted to live a more spiritual life after coming home. it is not haunted. it is a beautiful historical christian magizine publishing house. here are some sites for more information on the group.

Elise says:

April 18, 2013, 1:24 am

you ought not to do that to mentally ill people, to the second story above, because you visit that place again, and you call out for some thing to do some thing, it just might!!!!!! :) I would go in side of the place, if allowed, but only if allowed to go in side, because those are my own kind! even if they are children, and not from the same time or place, or place or time, that is so sad what happens to children in mentally ill places, especially mentally ill places! :( I am an adult of course, and not a child! however, even though I am an adult as is now in the current time and place, or current place or time, I think I might have been a mental patient, in the mental hospital, at the university of Iowa, in my home state of Iowa. :( as a child. :( mental hospitals suck!

bykdoc says:

May 6, 2013, 2:09 am

This link below is pictures of the “hospital”

jose says:

July 10, 2013, 4:49 am

Can I have directions to this place me and my crew work for ghost adventuring and we want to find out if its huanted or not?

Rebecca says:

July 24, 2013, 10:05 am

When I was 14 years old I was sent to Deverux institution in Texas. For depression because my mother and grandfather died. I got raped by the family doctor at age 11. I was beated in the school and everyone was very racist. I did not care to be racist. When I got beated they never gave me phone. The staff would drug me. I was sent there for help. The place gave more bad events in my life. So horrible things still happen. I am 26 years old now. So it was not that long ago. I have heard of those places killing children not too long ago.

Jason says:

April 13, 2014, 12:16 am

My family and I have had some terrifying experiences in that area. We are going tomorrow to a haunted house to do more research. This place (my parents house) is located about 7 mi west of that hospital. My daughter has taken pictures of the ghost, and had video of angel statues moving along a desk. We need help, we want Ghost Adventurers to come and see it. Meadow Vista is creepy.

James says:

July 11, 2014, 4:19 pm

Hey Dan 134 i check out places like this and i would like to know the address to this facility and i need to get more info from everyone that has been to this place or knows where it is and to get a hold of me and my Email is it will be very good if you message me back because them kids or in pain and is crying out for help and if someone can help the kids because of them killing them

Al says:

July 29, 2014, 7:10 pm

Jason- please call me if you need help investigating. Check me out on youtube, open existence research. I am looking for cases

al says:

August 13, 2014, 8:58 pm

here it is folks!!!!, go to open existence research, minisode 5 abandoned childrens hospital, remember this is supposed to be on public land when I checked for all you law enforcement buffs out there.

Al says:

August 15, 2014, 9:06 pm

This thread has been going on for years, no one has ever shown the place, or any evidence at all. I went there twice. Once with no happenings, or feelings. The second time was on a full moon, the last full moon to be exact, post-thunderstorm(that day), and past 1a.m. The conditions woke the place up. THIS IS THE ACTUAL PLACE!

Rose says:

November 19, 2014, 4:45 am

So my friend went there at night and saw nothing, but i plan on going soon and these are the directions he sent me, very vague, but its the best i can do as there is not any directional signs near there…Take Applegate exit, as i you were going towards Reno, take a right, then a left, then another right and it is on an old dirt road…Hope that helps guys! Dont get lost!

al says:

February 24, 2015, 8:28 pm

Paige says:

June 8, 2015, 3:27 pm

This property is located in Applegate California off of Boole Rd.. No trespassing allowed, most people sneak in at night due to the unfriendly caretaker that lives there.

al says:

October 4, 2015, 10:59 pm

hey paige! where are you located, and do you know more about the property?

Taylor says:

March 5, 2016, 8:44 pm

38°59’39.48″N 120°58’6.84″W

those are the coordinates. park on boole or cerro vista road in a place that wont attract attention (from police or neighbors). you will pass 2 huge billboards on boole road that say no tresspassing in red letters. Depending on where you park, its about a 1.2 mile walk from cerro vista road (less of a hike from boole road, but a little more obvious) There is a dirt road that leads right to the hospital. It’s a road that hasn’t been driven on since the hospital was open, but it still exists. You will have to walk up the hill and to the left from where you parked. Police have blocked off any possible vehicle entry with giant blocks of cement. A cult group regularly gathers at the dilapidated buildings, dressed in all white, to perform rituals. I have not personally scene them, but have heard multiple stories from people who have. There are neighbors who own the property. They will call the cops if they see you, or see you parked near the trail. There is also spotty cell reception, so don’t plan on calling for help if you get stuck, trapped, or scared in the buildings. Check google earth with the coordinates above to see.

Sandra says:

October 1, 2016, 4:47 pm

Reading these posts, and want to add that I live in Clipper Gap, which is about 5-10-minutes from where this is reportedly located. Having lived here for about 4 years, I think the history of this place is being confused with that of the Weimar Institute a few miles away. The Weimar Institute as it is now called, was opened in 1919 as a Tuberculosis Sanitorium. No mention of children’s medicine.

Whether this Place is a former children’s or adult’s sanitarium, I do not know, but just his thought on the history.

Should also add that I’m highly empathic; plan to visit to see if I pick up anything. If I do I will post a report.

Al says:

November 4, 2016, 11:00 pm

taylor-more info? are you even talking about the single building in applegate by the retriet? or the elusive “buildings” i still cannot find. lets talk

and sandra:
i believe you are right. my freind from the area said the same thing, we looked around the weimar institute, and i believe if i was at the right place, it is being used ny a church group today.
I have been to one of the applegate spots, but still looking for the “cult buildings”

Kent Brosveen says:

November 13, 2016, 5:01 pm

This is a bogus bunch of hooey. I live at the aforementioned location.
There are no ghosts. There never was a hospital here. No children were ever tortured here. There are 5 people living here 3 dogs 4 cats. So sorry to disappoint. This place is/was a turn of the century Christian commune dedicated to chastity and the self discipline of silent meditation. The only children that were ever here are mine. They are young adults now one of them lives here and the other’s frequently visit. Sorry no torture except being grounded a couple of times.
Confusion arises because the old tuberculosis asylum (Now the Weimar institute run by The Seventh Day Adventists) is just a few miles up the road from here.
It is important for you to know that we are now on the sheriff’s priority call list. If you are detected on the grounds expect to meet a deputy at the gate. You will be cited with trespassing along with any other charge that can be suited to your case. There is no way to get to this property except by trespassing.
It has been a goal to restore this place as a museum. The print shop is not deserted it is boarded up because of vandalism.
There are 5 adults living here currently. How would you feel if you walked out of your door into backyard in your underwear only to have someone scurry past you so as not to get caught. Imagine what it is like to walk around the area by the old house. Someone lives in it. Family gatherings, concerts, and get togethers take place there and the rest of it is undergoing a slow (for lack of funds)steady restoration. What a perfect place to leave your empty bourbon bottle. Not to mention the plethora of Pabst cans continually being sprinkled about the trails and living area.

So youth in full flower of it’s last grasp at being truly infantile has not only left broken buildings and debris but an assortment of items:
A hunting bow with a sock tied around it.
A go camera that a tech friend says he can unlock for me.
An Ouija board.
Nice special water drinking containers with alcohol smell.
A nice jacket too small for me. etc. etc. etc.
And of course Jarod thanks for the Bose speaker.
Taylor I recommend you tell people the truth about this place or people can refer to this message to see that you are full of BS.
The only thing this place is haunted by are haunted places websites.

The guy who reads says:

February 14, 2017, 2:07 pm

OK people I’ve got to say, you all need to learn how to investigate. First off you have all been going to an old hunting lodge for years and freaking yourselves out. lol. This “childrens Hospital” you all speak of is not in Applegate or Meadow Vista. I must laugh at all the scary stories people told about this place and they weren’t even at the right place. the actual Children’s Hospital is in Colfax California and it’s called the Weimar Institute it is currently occupied there’s a school there now. Eeew how scary. This was formally a tuberculosis sanitarium. Weimar Joint Sanatorium where yes many children died from TB. There is a Cemetery on the grounds where many victims were buried.

Caroline Presson says:

April 28, 2017, 10:19 am

I had to laugh reading the first few comments! The last two hit the nail on the head!The area and buildings talked about are on the property of a religious commune, and the old building that you all say is haunted with children’s voices and blah, blah, blah was a printing shop not a hospital or mental ward for children. In fact no children where brought up there. The property owned by these people date back to the mid-1800’s and was made up of adults.My friend and I walk trails all over Placer and Nevada co. and we happened to walk the trail that runs next to this property and meet up with one of the gentlemen that still lives there and he was nice enough to tell us the history of the place and the people, and even took us around and showed us the cabins and printing building. The printing building has a fence around it now because loony’s like most of you have TRESPASSING and ruining the building.The guy is very nice and is happy to talk about the property and says that it is most certainly NOT haunted. Meadow Vista, Applegate, and Colfax have never been hosts to a children’s hospital where they were beat or mistreated in any way shape or form,that is rubbish. Colfax and Weimar did have tuberculosis hospitals because the areas were dubbed “above the fog, below the snow” and considered perfect for the illness.Still though, no children were ever beaten, and the lace was never shut down for child abuse. You all are hyping yourselves out over NOTHING that even existed. Bahahahahahahahaha

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