Jim VanderVeen shows of the haunted hospital
The second story hospital ward
ALLEGAN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Built in 1909, the former hospital and lodge in Allegan is up for auction. The historic building has a rich history as a TB treatment hospital, a hideout for Al Capone, and is considered one of the most haunted places in the Midwest.
The main entrance features large columns and upon entering the building, a long hallway leads to the back of the building with what use to be offices, turned meeting rooms, lining the way.
"To the back there you have what was originally the dining room and upstairs is the ward area," explains Jim VanderVeen, president of Big Red Auctions which is putting the building up for sale online. VanderVeen says the third story served as a doctor or nurses' observation station.
A staircase leads to the upstairs where a room the size of a gymnasium awaits. "This would have been the original ward for the hospital-- the people would have been carried up here, and it would have had individual beds then that laid out across the wooden floor" explains VanderVeen.
This hospital was not built with individual rooms for patients; rather everyone stayed in the same area. It is also in this area VanderVeen says some have seen a ghost of a boy and girl.
Up one more staircase to the third floor, you get smaller rooms with an observation window that lets you see down into the ward. "The other rumor is that this became a hideout because of its hidden location through a back stairway and. You could have hidden somebody up here," says VanderVeen. "So one would ask maybe this is where Al Capone hung out for a while."
VanderVeen says the original hospital owner was friends with Al Capone; as a result Capone would use the hospital because it was out of the way and contained many secret passages and staircases.
In the back of the house someone committed suicide. "Yes someone actually hung themselves out here," says VanderVeen. "You can search the Allegan county records. That person is then rumored to be one of the people that haunts this place."
The basement is an unfinished brick area that doubled as a morgue, but VanderVeen says other things happened down here. "You know a lot of test treatments were tested on TB patients down here, and some of them could have involved some pretty terrible acts. Some different styles of treatments that are not allowed today," explains VanderVeen.
The place goes up for sale online Tuesday, April 23. For more information and where to bid go to: http://www.bigredauctions.com