Hollydale Insane Asylum

(Hollydale Hospital)

56 Descanso Street, Downey, CA

Status: Former Asylum and Poor House; Abandoned; Police Training Area


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It is unlikely that Hollydale is the true name of this former facility, but it is the most accepted name at this time.

The facility was originally built in the 1880’s when there was nothing but farmland around it.

It was opened to take care of the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled as well as those with no other place to go. It also rumored that both tuberculosis and polio – curious as these two conditions have almost nothing in common – were housed here.

More than likely it was once part of the nearby – and still operational – Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center (which also said to be haunted but impossible to access). Many people mistakenly call this site Rancho Los Amigos.

The grounds are used by the police for training so the only on to the site – per reports – is just to get permission for a police officer. Some officers will do this, and some will not.

Inside the buildings there is a large amount of asbestos which will become airborne by something as simple as walking around. Bring a mask.


Paranormal Activity

The ghosts are reportedly to be very unhappy in general and not in any mood to interact with the living.

Reported Activity: apparitions of both former staff and patients; shadow figures; electrical disturbances; cold spots; light anomalies; disembodied voices and other unexplained sounds and feelings of being watched, not being alone and not being wanted.