October 27, 1940: On This Forgotten Day in Houston, 1940, the Chronicle reported on the possibility of turning the Jefferson Davis Hospital into a contagious disease center. Actually, the old hospital served many purposes such as a psychiatric hospital, and a records storage center for Harris County. But becoming one of the most haunted places in Houston… I don’t think anyone saw that coming.
When excavation first took place, human remains had been dug up, thus, the building’s basement was actually built on top of the ground rather than below it to leave the graves undisturbed.
Jointly operated by the City of Houston and Harris County, Jefferson Davis was the first publicly-owned hospital to accept low-income patients however, it only did so for the next 13 years. The hospital closed in 1939 and was completely abandoned in 1985.
For two decades, the building stood vacant, falling by the city’s wayside. Conversely, it was at the forefront of poltergeist exploration. For those brave enough to enter the decaying building, the thrill of experiencing the howls and screams…