Tacoma is the county seat of Pierce County, Washington. It is located on Puget Sound, about 32 miles southwest of Seattle and 31 miles northeast of Olympia, Washington. The population of Tacoma is approximately 200,000 residents.
Puget Sound Mental Hospital Information:
The Puget Sound Mental Hospital located in Tacoma, Washington was built in 1926. The facility is enormous and consists of 8 stories, of which part is no longer in use.
Tacoma locals report that the first lobotomies were performed experimentally at the the Puget Sound Mental Hospital. Lobotomies, originally called “leukotomies” were controversial since it first started being used in psychiatric treatment in 1935. The procedure was prescribed for psychiatric (and occasionally other) conditions, despite the fact that often lobotomies produced frequent and serious side effects namely that the “insane were turned into idiots”.
Ghosts and the Paranormal at the Puget Sound Mental Hospital | Puget Sound Behavioral Health Hospital in Tacoma, Washington:
One of the most commonly reported apparitions at the Puget Sound Mental Hospital is that of an old woman who is said to make her presence known on the 4th floor of a section of the old hospital that is no longer in use and closed off to the general public. Visitors have reported not only seeing the apparition, but also hearing the sound of a walker moving slowly across the floor.
Today, Puget Sound Behavioral Health handles inpatient and outpatient drug rehab treatment and geriatric psychiatric cases.
Visitors have reported strange noises and disembodied whispering sounds
Staff at the Puget Sound Mental Hospital have reported feeling as though they are being watched from the old buildings that are deteriorating ever so slowly on the property.
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