Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

A freelance photographer captured the eerie setting of an abandoned American mental asylum after avoiding security guards at the premises. The 32-year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous, managed to sneak through an unlocked door and gain access to the state-owned asylum, which dates back to the 19th century.

The asylum, Western State Mental Hospital, in Tennessee, was one of the last to be built in the area and became the least funded. The hospital’s population grew from hundreds, in the 1890s, to thousands, in the 1960s, as patients were institutionalized for decades. (Caters News)

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Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

The asylum, Western State Mental Hospital, in Tennessee, was one of the last to be built in the area and became the least funded. (Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

The hospitals population grew from hundreds, in the 1890s, to thousands, in the 1960s, as patients were institutionalized for decades. (Caters News)(Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

A freelance photographer captured the eerie setting of an abandoned American mental asylum after avoiding security guards at the site. (Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

The 32-year-old photographer wishes to remain anonymous. (Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

Some of what the photographer saw seems to suggest that the inhabitants didn’t leave but just vanished, with their suitcases remaining behind. (Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

An exterior view of Western State Mental Hospital. (Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

Another odd sight: a pillow left on the bed frame in an otherwise empty room. (Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

More bags and suitcases. Many of the occupants lived in dormitory-like spaces, with limited privacy. (Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

Treatment options included hydrotherapy, electric shock therapy and lobotomies. (Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

The photographer began making these illicit visits after coming across a lot of abandoned buildings. (Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

Regarding the hospital, the photographer said: “I chose this location after hearing about the many stories that happened here.” (Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

Photographer: “I enjoy photographing abandoned places as a hobby.” (Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

Photographer: “I started getting into photography about 3 years ago after noticing the places we were visiting were being torn down or renovated.” (Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

Another exterior view of Western State Mental Hospital. (Caters News)

Abandoned Tennessee mental hospital

Another curious sight: A coat rack seemingly still in use inside Western State Mental Hospital. (Caters News)

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