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Welcome to Elmwood

Much better when viewed large on black.

 

Front entrance to the long-abandoned Elmwood TB Sanitorium in Fort Worth, Texas. Built around 1920, this facility served the area until sometime in the 1960's or 70's, after which it has sat abandoned ever since. Originally, a large two story wooden building that housed the Tarrant County Poor Farm sat directly adjacent to the TB hospital, but it burned down sometime in the late 70's. Likewise, there's supposed to be a cemetery somewhere out back (through that door at the far end of this shot) where they buried many of the patients, but it was supposedly unearthed back in the 80's while a pipeline was being run. Rumor had it that some of the graves never got moved, but I didn't notice any evidence of a cemetery on my way into the site.

 

Getting to the Elmwood building itself is a bit tedious these days. The property sits right in the middle of a large field surrounded by residences, a construction site, an industrial area, and a juvy detention center. Negotiating the field itself wasn't any fun in the dark, with the overgrowth in some areas nearly as tall as I am.

 

Exploring alone, the facility itself was actually one of the creepier places I've visited; I hadn't really expected that.

 

Night, ambient mercury vapor light, natural xenon flashlight, and LED flashlight in the hallway.

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Taken on July 13, 2008