Sunday, July 25, 2010

Waverly Hills, TB Heaven

I posted many more of these photos on Facebook, as well as Flickr, but I might as well have a few here, seeing as how I have mentioned Waverly Hills on my blog before. Situated on one of the highest hills in Louisville, this place is wild. Off the chain, as the young people say nowadays. 63,000 dead from tuberculosis, a good percentage of them kids. Being the only TB joint in the country, the doctors were allowed to act like Nazis. They laid sandbags on people for days at a time, they took ribs out of people. Two at a time, eventually reaching eight in total. So very little is known of what went on there in the 1930s. A nurse supposedly hung herself in Room 502. The place closed in the early 1970s, at that time it was just a nursing home. Enjoy the photos, gang.


Charles Gramlich said...

Why do I keep reading that sign as "Keep OUI"?

Michael Fountain: Blood for Ink said...

Are you sure that sign doesn't say "Keep Oui"? I sure liked that magazine back when it first started in '72 as a more "continental" alternative to Playboy. I might have carried a sign like that myself back in 1980.

Lana Gramlich said...

Wow...They should film a ghost story there, or is that too cliche?