Insane Asylum: Hillcrest Sanitarium

Hillcrest Sanitarium in Howell, Michigan

Location: Howell, Michigan, USA
Built: Unknown
Operation Time: ? – 2004
Type: Not Kirkbride Plan
Status: Mostly demolished


The remains of the Hillcrest Sanitarium (possibly Sanatorium) lie several miles outside the Howell city limits. The building was originally used as an insane asylum, but it became a tuberculosis hospital in its later years. There have been many sightings of ghost children on site.

Now, the hospital ands its tunnels have been torn down, but a few of its buildings remain. Mysterious lights and noises have occurred on the site even after the demolition of the place. Homes are currently being built on where the tunnels used to be, and it is assumed that the houses will be haunted by the spirits who used to inhabit the hospital.


20 thoughts on “Insane Asylum: Hillcrest Sanitarium

  1. Sure hope the owners of the new houses won’t mind some ghosts in their house… :/


  2. Wow, the description — referencing TB and the tunnel — sounds like a basis for the fictional hospital in American Horror Story (season 2). Sad and depressing to know such a place existed. Though not surprising.


  3. Facts are wrong! The hospital was open in 1907 as a TB facility. In the 1950s it began to accept developmentally disabled patients. The hospital was closed on 1982 due to lack of state funding and torn down in 1985. Some outer buildings and tunnels still remain. Houses are being built on the site.


  4. to howellgirl if you have anything to share about hillcrest i’d love to hear from you as i’m planning to write a book about it.


  5. I’m planning on writing a book about Hillcrest and if you would like to share information i’d love to hear from you!


  6. howellgirl, i’m a local and i’m planning on writing a book about hillcrest and if you would like to share any information i’d love to hear from you!


  7. They made a movie on this place called Sanatorium check it out


  8. I used to live on Sanitorium Rd. and had to walk up High Hillcrest to get to my bus stop. It was terrifying having to go past this place. I dreaded it every day. People would run up to the fence and yell sometimes. Other times I would just feel my skin crawl. I was only in 1st and 2nd grades so imagine the horror. Also, since I was a young child I have had experiences with energy from people who have died so perhaps it’s another reason why I had to cross the road when “running” past the place.


  9. I don’t have a whole lot to offer but if you want to contact me through my Facebook page (which I posted this from), Laura, feel free.


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