Twenty years after the last patient left the grounds, the turn-of-the-century compound remains a telling anachronism.
- The Mojave Desert's Airplane Graveyard
- 4 Bizarre Experiments That Should Never Be Repeated
- 11 Notable Medalists in the Olympic Artistic Competition
While scouting for a short film that never came to fruition, some friends and I talked our way inside an empty, run-down hospital in Boyle Heights. The short was supposed to take place in a hospital, but after a few minutes wandering the halls of Linda Vista -- alone and decidedly creeped-out -- it became obvious that there was no way the place would work. It had been closed for 20 years, and it showed: there was dirt caked in layers on walls and mysteriously wet floors; windows were broken and doors hung off their hinges; ceiling tiles had fallen victim to moisture and gravity, and rats had chewed through the walls. We didn't have the money to make Linda Vista look like anything more than a horror movie -- a few of which had actually been shot there over the years.
Linda Vista was a railroad hospital, constructed in 1905 to care for Santa Fe railroad workers who had been injured on the job.
This file, on top of a scattered pile on the third floor, seems to be the admittance form for one Charlie S. Plunk -- railroad conductor, born 1909, admitted October, 1972.
Someone left behind a safety razor.
The halls are long and maze-like; it's easy to get lost.
Down in the boiler room
Dumbwaiters are everywhere.
Art directors have had their way with this room.
An old lobby chair?
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.