Yorktown Memorial Hospital was built and operated by the Felician Sisters and the Catholic Hospital. The "Memorial" part of the title was meant to memorize the many men in the area who had fought in World War II. The hospital was built through fundraising, local donors, and grants from even the Ford Motor Company. The idea for the hospital came out of need, since the nearest hospital was located in San Antonio. Construction got underway in 1950 and the hospital opened in 1951. The hospital operated successfully for many years, the nearby Nordheim, TX newspaper lists a total of 600 deaths in a six year period - quite a large amount for the size of the hospital and the area. The hospital closed in 1986 after a bigger, better hospital opened up in nearby Cuero. After the hospital closed, it was turned into a drug rehabilitation facility, which was eventually shut down by the state for their inability to control their
While visiting South Texas, Daniel and I came across the infamous Yorktown Hospital in Yorktown. It's been featured on several ghost hunter and paranormal shows in the past few years and the even offer overnight 'tours'. We decided to do the afternoon two hour tour instead since we needed light for photos. Mike, the groundskeeper and tour guide surprised us when, after showing us the lay of the land and locking the front door, left! He remained on the property (where he lives) but gave us the run of the hospital solo for two whole hours. After reading all the lore and watching all the interviews, we were practically positive that we would see or hear a ghost. But once again, as with all the places we've been, no sightings or hearings of any ghostly presence. However it was a great tour and we got some good shots so totally worth the $50 cover charge.
The following photos were taken with 35mm film camera by my husband, Daniel.
**To read more of the history and legend visit: http://www.therussellrushhauntedtour.com/pages/2012Hauntedtour.html?feed=464710&article=10511381#ixzz2gfzPgVIZ
There is so much to do and see and photograph. How will we ever manage to capture it all?