Yoakum Community Hospital
The hospital is located in an older residential area of
Yoakum, Texas, about 79 miles Southeast of San Antonio.
The original structure was built in 1922. Later renovations and add-ons were made through the years.
It's not a big hospital, but there are a lot of rooms and areas of interest to keep you busy till morning. There is a
basement but it is only accessible from an exterior door
around the back of the hospital. I skipped the basement
because I didn't want to leave the only entrance unlocked.
Sad thing is I had a spare lock in my house but I didn't
think to bring it with me. So if you'd like to spend a little
time in the basement, bring a good padlock and key with
you so you can lock the only door in and you can go poke
around the basement. You won't need much time because
it's a rather small space.
When I soloed the hospital in 2017 it had been the second
time I had been in that hospital. I briefly soloed it about a
month sooner but I was invited by a local ghost hunters
group. This is a fairly new location that I haven't seen
mentioned on TV. It has only been in operation as a
paranormal location since 2012. I am proud to state that I
was the first to solo this hospital!
There are 3 levels to explore and I could easily spend around 3 hours per floor. The 1st floor consists of the kitchen, the chapel, operating rooms, x-ray and administration offices. The second floor has patient rooms, nurses' sation and the ICU. The Yoakum Community Hospital group have done an amazing job of
cleaning up the location. Some of the rooms are immaculate and are in great shape. However, there is a
considerable amount of mold in some areas and the hospital has a noticeable kinda mildewy odor.
The third floor is the most weathered and moldy area. It is made up entierly of patient rooms and the floor felt a
bit squishy in some areas. Again, plan accordingly and
always play it safe.
And now for the gravy. I had an extraordinary experience
at this hosptila on the second floor that started in ICU. Something or someone was either upset I was there or just wanted to get under my skin. As I was filming around
the nurses' station I heard loud rustling sounds followed
by a glass crashing sound, followed by a metal pipe hitting
another metal surface. It took me five seconds to walk
to ICU to find no one there. A few minutes later the same
thing, only louder crashing sounds, happened near the
nurses station. A few more minutes and it was now happening down the hall in the patient rooms. I never heard the sound of another living being walking or running away. (You can find this short video in the video page.)
Another thing about this hospital. I felt a great deal of dread the whole time I was there. Throughout the night I
heard knocking sounds and footsteps. Sometimes it would be rather loud. Clearly there is something going on in this hospital.
I got a few good EVPs too.
WHAT TO HIT: Fairly obvious here but you want to spend
some time around the nurses' station on the second floor
and the ICU, which is just about 15 feet away. You also want to stick to the same area directly below and above.
These are the oldest parts of the hospital and they tend to be the most active. This where I will be concentrating on when I return in late 2018. Operating rooms have always
been lucky for me with EVPs and disembodied voices. However, this time, they were fairly quiet.
THE FOLKLORE: The hauntings here are attributed to a nurse who was shot to death by her angry husband, and the chapels' father Charles Kram. Both happen to be true.
Nurse Laura Lynn Hights was murdered in the waiting room for the ICU just outside the nurses' station on the second floor. This happened on March 6, 1990. Father Kram was well known and like by the staff and was remembered for his wheelchair races down the halls of the hospital.
IF YOU GO: I would base out of San Antonio because I live here and there is a lot to do here on your off-time. We have a pretty cool zoo, theme parks, beautiful parks, the Alamo, 5 awesome haunted hotels downtown and the best damned Tex-Mex food in the state. Plus, were super friendly to all of our visitors. Drop me an email and I'll give you the low-down on where to stay and eat, you know, where the locals go, not those high-priced tourist trap places ;) Yoakum is about a 90 minute drive from S.A. There is limited power and no running water, so no there are no bathrooms. Plan accordingly. Drop me an email for
extra advice concerning this issue.