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.