Is The Worley Hospital In Pampa Really Haunted?
Not too long ago, I found myself taking a drive out to Pampa, Texas last night. You know, just one of those "why the heck not?" impulses to just hit the road. I mean really, why the heck not? Pampa is less than an hour away, I had never been there, and I had nothing else to do.
I arrived. I found the place to be full of that small-town charm. I had myself a nice time exploring. But before I left, I found myself staring down a local legend at the corner of Somerville and Francis.
The Worley Hospital
At first glance, you can see what this building used to be. The detail work on the front tells me that time and effort was put into the design. I bet that when it opened in 1928 it must have been quite the event.
Worley Hospital was the vision of Phoebe Worley, who thought that the citizens of Pampa should have their own hospital instead of making the drive to Amarillo. The hospital served Pampa for decades before revenue shortages forced its closure in the 1970s. The beautiful building has been empty ever since--minus the occasional trespasser, pigeon and rodent occupants.
So Is It Haunted?
I'm not the expert on hauntings and the spirit world but there is just a general feeling of uneasiness you can feel just being on the grounds outside. And before you ask, no I didn't go in.
Honestly, buildings like this that have been abandoned this long are generally off my list of places to explore. Looking into the windows, you see just what one would expect: a building that has been abandoned for 40 years in a state of decay.
A few folks have been inside to check it out
A few years back one of our former on air hosts here in the building checked the place out even going so far as to do a live broadcast. While there were some unexplained events that occurred, nothing definitive was found.
The Ghost Hunters were also able to visit the location a few years ago Mustafa Gatollori even spoke about the Season 1 episode earlier this year
There is no doubt that one of the current owners, Carol Peet, would like to put the "haunted" gossip surrounding the Worley to rest. Since acquiring the historic building in 2002, she has consistently stated that she has been in the building numerous times with no incidents.
Peet has grand plans for the revival of the Worley. Not as a hospital, but as a ministry center with the purpose of helping vulnerable individuals learn life skills. Peet has pushed for the ministry center for years, stymied by funding issues. So, for now the Worley Hospital building sprawls along the landscape in eternal silence, its secrets and spirits shimmering with life within.
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