Old Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park LA, CA
The Old Los Angeles Zoo was opened in 1913. It was doomed from the start. There was simply not enough money to build cages, so most animals were kept in stockades. In 1916 the lions had to be put down because they all had a contagious disease (this was diagnosed by the Health department because the zoo didn’t have a vet of it’s own). Then the Health Department tried to shut it down because it’s sewage was draining into the LA River. WWI called for rations so the zoo was no longer allowed to feed its carnivores meat. The zoo officials tried to substitute horse meat instead of beef, but most of the animals grew sick and died. The zoo was eventually shut down. (Another zoo was opened nearby some time later).
The zoo has been a scene of several movies including Anchorman.
North Brother Island, East River NY
North Brother Island wasn’t discovered until the 1850s when a smallpox hospital was opened there to isolate those with the disease. The hospital eventually expanded to housing other victims of contagious diseases and eventually housed the notorious Typhoid Mary. The hospital closed around 1938ish.
In the 1950s the island was reopened to be a drug rehabilitation center. The treatment was to lock addicts in a room until they were clean. This closed down in the 1960s.
There was also a shipwreck of General Slocum, a steamship that caught on fire. 1,000 people either died from the fire or drown. A picture above shows dead bodies washing ashore.
The island is now a bird sanctuary and is off limits to the public.
Gary City Methodist Church
Marlboro Hospital in New Jersey
Opened in 1931, many patients were abused and mistreated:
- At least four patients died of food poisoning
- A woman disappeared (48 hours before the hospital noticed) and was found outside- she froze to death
- A woman with an eating disorder was denied liquid food and forced to eat a sandwich upon which she choked and died
- A woman had a sodium deficiency (which was noted by the nurses) but nothing was done and 6 weeks later she died of brain swelling
- A man was strapped to a bed for 80 hours (which is about 5 days) and he died from the blood clots caused by the restraints
The hospital was closed in 1998 and in 2011 the hospital was supposedly supposed to be used for recreational use- but it still lays abandoned!
Abandoned school in Atlanta, Georgia
Abandoned building, St George, Georgia by Brad Wilson
Tom Gaskins Cypress Knee Museum