Dunham Park / Dunham Tuberculosis Hospital

Dunham Tunnel Entrance

Ever since we started doing this in 2007, people have been asking us the Dunham Recreation Complex. We never bothered with it till now for a couple of reasons, the main one being we didn’t figure we could get the pictures we would want to make a post worth while. The other being we were too lazy to make effort. But as luck would have it, someone else did it for us! More on that later, let’s go through the back story of Dunham Park first.

The site now known as Duhnam Park was at one time the Guerley Farm. Don’t know much about it, but in 1897, Cincinnati General Hospital (now University Hospital) started transferring Tuberculosis patients there. Again, not sure why, but I’m assuming there were too many of them to house at the hospital, so they somehow obtained the farm to house them there (Being right down the street from Cincinnati’s potters field was probably part of the decision). In 1912, the Cincinnati Tubercular Hospital officially opened on the site. Aside from the main hospital building, there was also housing for doctors and nurses, An occupational health building, a school, a preventatorium (which I’ve never heard of before), a laundry building, and probably a few others I’m not mentioning.

The Hospital operated until 1971, having changed names a couple of times, and becoming the Dunham Hospital in 1945. After closing, ownership of the property went to the city, and it was converted into the Dunham Recreation Complex. Many of the buildings were torn down, including the main hospital, and baseball diamonds and a golf course were built. The occupational therapy building is still there, and is now used as an auditorium. The laundry and the school remain as well, the laundry is used as a parking garage, and the school as an arts center.

Something else that remains are some of the underground tunnels that connected these various buildings. These are what people are really interested in, and what we were referring to earlier when we said we couldn’t get the pics we wanted for this post. These are closed to the public, but thanks to Lindsey Vetter, we finally get to have a look at what’s there.

The whole park is said to be haunted, and considering how many people must have died here over the years, that’s not surprising. But the remaining buildings, and these tunnels, are where the majority of these ghost stories come from. People claim to see figures in the halls when no one is supposed to be there, the sound of coughing that seems to come from nowhere, doors slamming and opening on their own. There’s even said to be disappearing nurses in what is now the garage.

Lindsey managed to get a look at these underground tunnels, and was nice enough to share these pics with us. According to her, they were as creepy as they look!  These all belong to her (except the pic of the column), and we appreciate her letting us share them with you.

Dunham Recreation Complex is at 4320 Guerley Road in Cincinnati.

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13 thoughts on “Dunham Park / Dunham Tuberculosis Hospital

  1. Cool pics! Having worked with Sunset Players for a number of years I have been i n the tunnels and have spent a lot time on the property there at Dunham. I personally have not seen or heard anything strange or even picked up any weird vibes….Maybe they were just sleeping but Dunham has never given me the creeps despite its history and appearance.

  2. Used to hang around there back in the mid 70s and all through that building even stay there overnight one time

  3. Attend many plays there. Have always wondered about the history and architecture. Thanks for sharing. Would love to see old photos of the entire complex when it was in use serving the needs of our community.

  4. I wrote a chapter about this location in a book I wrote several years ago titled “Headless Brides and Devil Dogs – Exploring Southern Ohio’s Haunted Roads and Bridges.” One of my uncles was a patient at that TB hospital. If you really want to check out the hauntings, go across the road to the park. The place was filled with bodies (part of the Potter’s Field) that were dug up during construction.

      1. That was an interview I did with a podcast called The Paranormal View. I wish I had used the interview as an extra chapter in the book. Maybe some day, if I do a second edition. Thanks for checking out the web site and reading the book. I appreciate it.

  5. Finding this website and seeing pictures of the tunnels-Can’t stop thinking about my experience with the paranormal at Dunham.
    The scariest day of my childhood / adolescents occurred at a park behind my High School ( Western hills high school ) This park is on the west side of Dunham recreation center. It is an abandoned park but still offers a hiking trail or at least it did in 2001 / 2002. We always called it, prosperity park, as u would take Prosperity pl to get there. As u drive down prosperity place without turning on any side streets u will see this park on your right toward the intersection of ashbrook Dr and Hardwick. It’s easy to miss as the grass is never cut.like I said abandoned ( or at least it was 15years ago). It wasn’t until after my bone chilling encounter or experience there that I realized where this park sat. Directly next to Dunham separated only by a rusty fence with bio hazard signs covered up by brush and trees that read Warning tuberculosis waste / dumping site. I’m sure that’s not exact as it’s been a long time since I’ve seen those signs. I haven’t read anything about potters field yet but I doubt it is this.
    I did some research about 10years ago on Dunham and found absolutely nothing involving Hauntings or paranormal activity. Now all this has come to light, and I’m just so happy I’m not the only one who knew of this crazy place. I grew up in Covedale and spent way to much time walking around the surrounding neighborhood’s instead of focusing on school work. I have so many questions now that I know about the tunnels and other people’s experiences there.
    Where do I start?

  6. I lived there as a child for many yrs..you forgot an important part..it was a children’s group home for abandoned childern…I lived there for several yrs during that time frame..I still maintain contact with many other kids that were there as well…and none of us ever seen ghost …just to let people no that truth…it’s not haunted..but I wish..I still live right up the street from it

  7. My mother sister and myself were patients at Dunham hospital back in 1965. I was only 3 yrs old but I remember being in a baby bed and was strapped down by my leg with a leather strap. I wanted my mommy so I kept getting out of the baby bed. I still remember alot about that scary place.

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