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Step into a real Asylum – Rancho Los Amigos in Downey, California

I have also found the paranormal intriguing especially the spiritual realm which I believe does exist. Having grew up in Los Angeles, there have been and are many hot spots one can visit that you just know something dwells there, most likely evil.

Today there are a ton of shows that dig deep into the paranormal like UFO’s, Bigfoot, and Ghost. Maybe you have had some experiences yourself.

One of the cities I grew up in and even worked is Downey, California. Which is a city I haven’t lived in and around since 2018.

Some of you have read my previous posts about the house I lived in and actually was my family home until it was sold. This house was a house of evil, though it had a lot of love at times from my grandfathers when they were alive. But this house had something evil that I believe caused he to one day take the drastic measure to try to end it all on February 7, 2007. Strangely on 777, which should be good luck and in a way was because I survived thanks to my sister who just happened to be home as I hung from a noose. In a way that was an eye opening moment as I spent a couple weeks in the hospital, on a 72 hour hold and of course lost my current job at the time, but also was right in the middle of graduate school.

The house in Los Angeles also affected my wife and daughter whom lived there for a few years, as a dark entity. Some of the most frightening times was in the middle of the night around 3AM a loud pounding on our bedroom door. A pound of hate as we opened the door nothing was there, no one was awake. Another time was I was in the shower when I heard a voice from outside the door calling for me that sounds exactly like my wife, but she was a sleep.  The was also footsteps at night, things that when bump in the night and a dark force that would stand over my wife as she slept. This force prevented my wife from yelling and a great pressure on her from moving.

A shadow Person

Ill admit I would play with these dark forces, no in the sense of doing seances or calling for evil , but the things I would watch, being a horror lover I believe these things would invite those spirits. I would also love watching Ghost Adventures. I guess you could see I always had an interest as I loved as a kid the film “The Craft” and all the classic horror Freddy, Michael, Jason, Pinhead, Chucky.

I guess I never truly realized what doors we open when we watch those types of films, although its hard not as it’s a big part of our culture especially in television having just watched Stranger Things.

But what really triggered this post is a place called the Downey Asylum but officially Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation center. This place has existed since the 1800’s but has been closed down for over 30 years.

Recently there was a major fire which destroyed parts if not all the Asylum. From what I have heard it was going to be torn down to make way for stadium of some sort, so maybe it was planned.

Here is the article:

Massive blaze rips through abandoned Downey asylum once known as the Los Angeles County Poor Farm – ABC7 Los Angeles

The origins:

Hollydale was built in the late 1800s for the mentally ill, disabled, and the homeless. With its success came thousands of patients. In the 1950’s this town became a part of the city of Downey and thirty years later it was shut down, because it had fallen into disrepair. It’s a shame that they couldn’t keep it running, because it seems like it truly helped thousands.

The southern campus of the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital is often referred to as the “Hollydale Mental Hospital” or the “Downey Insane Asylum”. Built in 1888 as a catch-all institution for the Los Angeles County medical center; a place to care for the handicapped, homeless, insane and elderly. The hospital located in the former town on Hondo, which was absorbed by Downey in the 1950’s. Funded by the county bond money, it was simply called the County Poor farm. Here, able-bodied residents could work on a large farm which sustained most the hospital’s dietary needs, in lieu of paying for room and board and medical care.

The 600 acres if property also encompassed an aviary, zoo, and rail lines used for freight and passengers. Unclaimed bodies of residents who died at the poor farm were buried at a potter’s field nearby, which has since been relocated.

In 1918, the Spanish influenza epidemic hit the area and the facility began to treat all victims rather then just the indigent and the word “poor” was simply stricken from the name of the facility. The hospital expanded greatly in the 1920s to alleviate over crowding conditions and rebuild flood damaged structures after flooding in 1914. In 1932 the name of institution changed to Rancho Los Amigos, which translates to “Ranch of the Friends”. Becoming place that offered activities to receive physical therapy and occupational therapy; swimming, woodworking and weaving provided to help restore broken limbs and spirits.

During World War II, the U.S. army turned part of the hospital grounds into Camp Morrow, and at the same time the facility operated as an emergency hospital. It was reorganized once again as a long term care facility after the war, mostly for the victims of polio. Entire wards filled with Iron lungs in the 1950s. The discovery of the Salk polio vaccine in 1955 put most of the machines in storage, a few operated at Rancho for children who were given a bad batch of the vaccines years after.

By the late 1950s, the farm, dairy and mental health wards had closed and most of the 600 acre property was divided and sold. Rancho continued to operate as a modern chronic-disease hospital, and later a world renowned rehab center. All of these operations were consolidated and moved to the north campus, a 62 acre hospital that still operates today. The 70 acres became a ghost town with shuttered treatment buildings. The actual date of the closure of the south campus is uncertain, but it is known that the buildings there were used as storage by 1988.

Today the U.S. marine corps occasionally uses the south campus for military drills. At one point during one of the exercises, a freezer in a former pathology building had a full package of mummified body parts. The coroner’s office identified 10 legs, feet and brain matter and determined these were amputated medical specimens. Here is an article on the findings :  Decades-Old Body Parts Found in Abandoned Downey Hospital; No Foul Play, Officials Say – Los Angeles Times (

Here are those who have explored , often times without permission:

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