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    Posted January 21, 2014 by
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
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    Abandoned buildings

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    West Mountain Sanitarium


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     CDDolan, a senior at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, ventured to the abandoned Lackawanna County Tuberculosis Hospital (known by locals as the West Mountain Sanitarium) out of curiosity. Little did he know that this one photo-op would spark within him a love for photographing abandoned buildings.

    There isn't much left at the sanitarium site. "It used to be a huge complex of buildings, but the largest of them were burned to the ground by vandals in the early- and mid-90s," he said. The hospital itself closed in 1974, and this photo was taken inside the only structure that was still fully standing. "It was a house but most of the walls were smashed down, so it was just basically a shell that was left," he said.

    Not much information about this sanitarium is widely circulated, but one interesting fact about the composer Richard B. Smith is relatively well-known: he "wrote the popular Christmas song 'Winter Wonderland' while he was a patient at the sanitarium," he said.
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    Inside an abandoned tuberculosis hospital in Scranton, Penn.
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