Sioux Sanitarium

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The Sioux Sanitorium has had a long, dark, and gruesome history. The hospital started out as a boarding school for Indians in the late 1800s. As the time was different, many of the children were treated horribly, as some were abused. Many children died, maybe because of the cold winters. The building remained empty for many years until the outbreak of the "white plague" (tuberculosis.) The building was converted into a massive hospital called the Sioux Sanitarium for the TB patients. The years of the sanitarium were the most dark in the building's history. Although sanitariums were considered to be the most advanced treatment centers for TB patients, the treatments were brutal and grisly at best. As streptomycin was not invented yet, all the doctors could do was remove organs and give them sleep drugs. The patients that did not go crazy committed suicide. As many patients died, many more were abused. The patients were not ever outside, so they were left in rocking chairs all day. After the patenting of streptomycin, almost all of the sanitariums in the United States closed down in the 1940s through the 60s. After the building remained empty for several years, the building was converted into a public hospital, named the Sioux San Hospital. Due to recent investigations, the hospital is said to be haunted. The main hot spot is the third floor. Children's laughter and voices have been heard in the dead of night, (those are presumed to be from the Indian children) and howls and screams as well as apparitions have been seen in the hospital by night guards, most of which have quit. (the howls and apparitions are presumed to be from the TB patients) Unmarked graves surround the campus not only from the TB patients, but also from the Indian children who still need to go home to their families.

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