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When people ask the question “what is the most haunted place in America”, one of the most frequent responses is the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum! Formerly known as Weston State Hospital, this former mental asylum in West Virginia is a place where a lot of pain and mental suffering was experienced.

Built in 1858 to house up to 250 patients, this the largest hand-cut stone building in North America, became severely overcrowded, and by its peak in the 1950’s over 2,000 patients called this place home.

Due to severe mistreatment, which involved being locked in cages, chained to walls, electroshock therapy, and even lobotomies, hundreds of people sadly died.

The grounds were also served as a Civil War military base, and this has resulted in the sighting of many apparitions in Civil War uniforms. However, the vast majority of hauntings are caused by the patients that lived and died there.

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