Pollak Hospital in Bartonville, haunted or not?

By Beau Ebenezer

November 3, 2012 Updated Nov 5, 2012 at 11:16 AM CDT

BARTONVILLE, Ill. -- Creaks and shrieks can still be heard inside the old Pollak Hospital in Bartonville.

That's why experts who go by "Living Dead Paranormal" came from Ohio to investigate.

"When we got done here, we were like, 'there is no way we are walking around here by ourselves'," said Josh Fourman of Living Dead Paranormal.

"One of the particular things was the cots moving and we didn't realize this until afterwards. That's kinda creepy at times," said Living Dead Paranormal's Greg Brown

Many Bartonville residents say ghosts and spirits have chosen their village as their permanent home.

The Pollak Hospital was built more than 100 years ago to treat patients with tuberculosis.

According to tour guides, 3 to 5 people died at the hospital each week, setting the overall death toll in the thousands.

"Unfortunately those people came in here and perished here and some of them decided to stay here. We think they were treated so well and since their life was cut short they are just hanging around," said tour guide Christina Morris.

Morris added that there are constant signs of lurking spirits like rapid shaking of barrels and doors.

But, like the so-called insane asylum down the road, the Pollak Hospital has been in danger of closing down.

"That's the sad thing about this location, a lot of the buildings have been tore down. We are in it for two different reasons but I think essentially the bottom line is we are both trying to save structures that would inevitably be gone forever from history," said soon-to-be owner of the Pollak Hospital, John Callear.

Paranormal and Historic tours are currently available at the haunted hospital for those brave enough to visit.

Prices range from $10 to $30.

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