Old St Mary’s Hospital

200-298 South Iron Street, Ironton, MO

Status: Former Hospital; Abandoned; For Sale; Private Property


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Built between 1924 and 1926 this former hospital was the first one opened in Iron County.

As with many other historical, but not famous, buildings there is some debate as to when it was constructed and opened.  In this case there are a few sources saying the hospital was built in the mid-19th century but the 1920’s date is the most agreed upon time frame.

During the 1960’s it was renovated and modernized but – as with other similar institutions – eventually time caught up to the facility and costs became prohibitive. It was closed between 1996 and 1998.

The first owner after the building ceased to be a hospital was 1999. Since then, there have been many owners; most of which had plans for renovations and repurposing.

Unfortunately, none of these plans were completed and the former hospital is for sale again. Nature is now slowing taking over the site making repurpose more expensive with each passing year.

At least one of the owners has allowed paranormal investigations under strict safety guidelines. It is unclear whether the current owners allow investigations.


Paranormal Activities

Apparitions of former staff and patients both inside the building and on the grounds; the apparition of a child who has been video taped and has shown interest – or at least curiosity about the living -including investigators; disembodied voices; unexplained noises coming from the building(s) have been reported by people outside; feelings of being watched have been reported both from people passing the boarded up building and from those who have gone inside; light anomalies; numerous EVP’s including responses to questions and information relating to the building’s history and electrical disturbances.