Today (5/15/14), Ghostly World reached its 200th follower. Congratulations to nandaputrari2014 for being Follower 200!
If you love Waverly Hills Sanatorium as much as we do, you’ll love these twenty amazing facts.
1. During the 1930s, a video demonstrating the “revolutionary” new medical treatments for tuberculosis was made at Waverly Hills Sanatorium. The video featured other TB hospitals. It is one of the few films of WHS actually in use.
2. In 1883, the plot of land that Waverly Hills currently sits on was bought by Major Thomas H. Hays and he built the family home there. Since the home was too far from any sort of school, Hays opened one on the land so his daughters could learn there.
3. The teacher Mr. Hays hired, Lizzie Lee Harris, was a fan of Walter Scott’s Waverley novels. Because of this, she entitled it Waverley School. Mr. Hays liked the peacefulness of the name, and he named the property Waverley Hill. When the Board of Tuberculosis Hospitals bought the land, they kept the name. However, they changed the spelling to “Waverly Hills” for unknown reasons.
4. When Waverly Hills Sanatorium opened in 1910, it had a capacity of 40 to 50 patients. During this time, a majority of the Louisville population had been infected with TB.
5. Initially, WHS was a two-story wood building. It was granted $25,000 in funding, allowing them to rebuild so they could take care of cases of pulmonary tuberculosis. During the remodeling period (which started August 31st, 1912), all of the patients were relocated into tents outside.
6. The children’s pavilion caused more issues than solutions – the healthy children of patients with TB currently staying at the hospital were housed with sick children.
7. By 1924, the sanatorium could hold four hundred patients.
8. The downfall of Waverly Halls Sanatorium began in 1943 when the TB vaccine known as streptomycin reduced the number of tuberculosis cases.
9. When the hospital began its shutdown, all of the remaining patients were sent to Hazelwood Sanatorium in Louisville.
10. WHS closed for good in June, 1961. It reopened as Woodhaven Geriatric Center in 1962, a nursing home for aging patients with dementia, mobility issues, and mental disabilities. In 1982, the center closed to patient negligence.
11. About 1/3 of those interested in Waverly Hills Sanatorium mistake it for an insane asylum, and call it “Waverly Hills Sanitarium”.
12. One of the most notorious parts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium is the “death tunnel”, which was used to transport dead patients to a hearse below. It was used in order to keep patient moral up.
13. When a pregnant, un-married nurse contracted TB, she hung herself with a lightbulb wire in Room #502.
14. Urban legend says that WHS had a death rate of 100,000 – the actual number is believed to be 8,212.
15. The sanatorium has been featured in nearly 15 different TV shows. The number may be higher.
16. It is rumored that a section of the hospital will become a hotel.
17. Numerous videos have been made that prove that WHS is haunted.
18. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been dubbed the “most haunted location in the world”. However, it is not a world record, as it is hard to determine how a location is actually the most haunted.
19. The money made from tours is put to renovating/restoring the hospital in order to keep it in safe condition.
20. Some of the tuberculosis treatments that took place at the hospital includes rib removal, compressing the lungs with sandbags, removal of the lungs, and several other grisly treatments.
1. We were founded on a Tuesday.
2. Our biggest day for viewers was October 30th, 2013 – we had 279 of them.
UPDATE: Our biggest viewing day 1,724 on September 17th, 2014 – 1,445 more than our previous best.
3. The most popular search term that finds us is ‘Dorea Insane Asylum’, followed by ‘Kenworthy Hall’.
4. Our least popular search term? ‘Bryce Hospital Haunted’.
UPDATE: It is now ‘Insane Asylum Alameda’.
5. Our top three ‘referrers’ (places people share links to Ghostly World and get clicked) are miscellaneous search engines, WordPress, and Facebook.
6. The top five countries that view Ghostly World most are: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Finland.
7. In 2013, we were mentioned in the bibliography of “Haunted Big Bend Florida”. Our post on Bayou La Batre Jail got us there.
8. Ghostly World’s most popular posts are the Camarillo State Mental Hospital, Dorea Asylum, the Capitol Theatre (Salt Lake City, Utah), Buffalo State Hospital, and Peoria State Hospital.
9. The post with the least amount of views? Memory Hill Cemetery, with only 7 people who’ve stopped by to visit it.
10. Ghostly World was almost named Ghost World. However, the URL was taken, and the rest is history.
11. We currently have 577 posts – 490 published, 14 drafts, 73 pending, and 3 in trash.
12. Whenever there is a post that we no longer want displayed on our site (we never remove location posts), we add it to “Pending” rather than to trash.
UPDATE: We started deleting our “Pending” posts in late 2014.
13. For nearly a year, we used the “Chateau” WordPress theme. In 2013, we began using “Newsworthy” to get a sleeker, more modern feel.
14. The Dead Children’s Playground post was reblogged more than 100 times on Tumblr.
15. We have more WordPress followers than email followers.
16. We reached 50,000 views on Cinco de Mayo – May 5th, 2014.
17. There is only one post in the “the Unexplained” category – Chase Vault.
18. At one point, Ghostly World was receiving close to 900 spam comments per day – this prompted the banning of anonymous comments, making logging in required.
UPDATE: The problem was resolved, and anonymous comments are allowed again.
19. “Grim Grinning Ghosts” (the soundtrack from Disneyland’s The Haunted Mansion) has been unofficially been dubbed the theme song of Ghostly World, though it has never been posted in any way, shape, or form on the website.
20. In 2012, Ghostly World was going to start a webseries on YouTube that would feature each post being read out loud. However, only one episode was completed: the Bryce Hospital. It received several thousand views. The series may eventually be continued, but with an automated voice in order to produce more episodes more quickly.
21. The QuikNav featured claimed to make for “seamless navigation”. Ironically, it was removed in late 2013 due to its abundant flaws.
22. Ghostly World’s color scheme is grey, white, yellow, and blue. It used to be dark grey and white.
23. Our most frequently used sources are Forgotten USA and The Shadowlands, both of them being websites.
24. Most of the location posts are hauntings.
25. About 1 in every 200 posts is suggested by one of our readers.
26. Our tagline/slogan has been the same since August 7th, 2012 – when Ghostly World was founded. It is “Exploring the paranormal…normally”.
27. There are nearly 3,000 tags in Ghostly World’s system, making for 148 pages of them.
28. Posts about haunted bridges used to be placed under the “Road” category.
29. A vast majority of posts used to be stored in Misc. Hauntings – due to the abundancy of similar locations, new categories were formed. They included Parks, Nature, and Entertainment.
30. The inspiration for Ghostly World came from AnimalPlanet’s The Haunted.
31. Alaska is currently the only state to have all of its haunts posted on Ghostly World.
32. While Ghostly World allows its commenters to express their religious views on ghosts, comments regarding devil worshiping and occult activity are banned on the site.
33. The “logo” of Ghostly World is a tombstone. The name on it is not legible, and it is unknown what cemetery it is from.
34. The Island of the Dolls post receives the most pingbacks: nearly 10 each month.
35. The most active month on Ghostly World is October, with a total of 5,995 views (combining totals from 2012 and 2013). The number is expected to rise each year.
36. We only received 331 views during our first month.
37. When “Ghostly World” is searched on Bing, we rank first.
38. A number of haunted location posts, when searched on Google or Bing, come up first, attributing to our views.
39. On May 1st, 2014, Ghostly World randomly posted 28 haunted locations from Kansas at 8:00 AM. It is unknown why this was done. The marketing phrase for the event was “BEWARE MAY 1ST” – no other details were included when advertising it in order to add suspense.
40. In 2011, a site entitled “Haunted Database” was started on Wix.com – this sparked the concept for Ghostly World in 2012.
41. The first post on Ghostly World was the Bryce Hospital.
42. Early on, posts were simply copied-and-pasted texts from Wikipedia. In order to make the site unique, the content was rewritten.
43. Ghostly World Dictionary is our most popular guide.
44. Our most visited sub-site is Our Ghostly World. It actually refers several viewers to Ghostly World.
45. Even though the site is entitled Ghostly World, abandoned locations and ghost towns are also on the site.
46. Each post is written without any sort of opinion so that viewers can decide for themselves if they believe the place is haunted or not.
47. The most controversial post is the Peoria State Hospital – some viewers say that the doctors were not abusive, and tried to make the place as happy as possible, while others claim it was a terrible place. Ghostly World remains unbiased to either side.
48. Ghostly World has been shared 69 times according to WordPress – it is believed to be considerably higher.
49. In Ghostly World’s “lifetime”, the site has been protected from over 6,000 spam comments. To put that number in perspective, there are 765 regular comments. The most active time of day for commenting is 1:00 PM.
50. Most of the statistical information in this list will be outdated by May 9th, 2014. All of it will be outdated by May 20th, 2014.
Today at 12:30 PM, Ghostly World reached a major viewership milestone – 50,000. Special thanks to all of our readers who made it possible.