L.A.’s Abandoned Hospital.

The empty, run-down Linda Vista hospital in Boyle Heights has been closed for twenty years, and it shows in the pictures taken by “Ransom Riggs”.  Dirt caked in layers on walls and mysteriously wet floors, broken windows, doors hung off their hinges, ceiling tiles had fallen victim to moisture and gravity, and walls chewed through by rats make Linda Vista the perfect place for a horror flick.

Linda Vista was a railroad hospital. Originally known as Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital, it was constructed in 1905 to care for Santa Fe railroad workers who had been injured on the job. I found this file on top of a scattered pile on the third floor — it seems to be the admittance form for one Charlie S. Plunk, railroad conductor, born 1909, admitted October, 1972.  Countless more files can be found downstairs in the death records room. Why thousands of highly personal records are allowed to molder in the basement of a defunct hospital, I don’t know.  Many of the rooms were painted with bright colors years ago; faded and peeled now, they make the place even more surreal.

 

 

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