From a distance, the building looms like a sleeping giant, its vastness evident even to casual observers. But as one ventures inside, the true scale of this abandoned hospital unveils itself in staggering detail.
Venture into the heart of rural Mississippi and discover "Silent Halls," a photographic journey that captures the haunting beauty of a forgotten hospital.
Old McComb City Hospital
The original McComb City Hospital was a 2-story brick building constructed in 1911.
What I thought was an abandoned house, was an abandoned dentist office. I guess it was a house atone time. A portion of the first floor has fallen in and can really be seen at the stairwell. There is something unsettling about teeth lying about. See below.
South Washington County Hospital
OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL HOSPITAL CLOSURE: 1989 FINDINGS This inspection found that in 1989: l Seventy-six general, acute care hospitals closed - 12 fewer than in 1988. They were located in 29 States. Eleven new hospitals opened in 1989, and 3 of the 76 hospitals which closed in 1989 have reopened in 1990. l Forty-three of the closed hospitals were rural; 33 were urban. In relation to their numbers nationwide, a higher percentage of rural hospitals (1.6%) closed in 1989 than urban hospitals (1.2%). l The closed hospitals in both rural and urban areas are significantly smaller than the national averages. Rural hospitals that closed were about half the size of the average rural hospital nationwide. Urban hospitals that closed were less than half the size of the average urban hospital nationwide...
I've now made two trips here. This time though, a large chunk of the woods have been replaced by an apartment community. Also, there has been some clearing near thehospital making me think they're going to tear it down soon. I am glad I got here when I did. Either way I don't think it will standing much longer. In one of the pics below you can see the brick is separating from the structure. I was on the third floor at that time. I ddin't hang around for very long!
“Everything has been stolen, all the carpet, all the wiring,” Rogers said. “It’s been pilfered, it’s been actually abused. It got to a point where if we boarded it up, they would take it down. Drugs were being used inside there.”