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Idaho State Reform School & Infirmary | St Anthony, Idaho

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Follow in the footsteps of the Ghost Adventures team and join us for an investigation of St. Anthony Girls’ Reformatory and Infirmary in St. Anthony, Idaho. Offering access to both buildings, we can discover whose spirits may still be lingering, and what stories are still waiting to be told.

Event Start Time:  8:30pm

Event Finish Time: 4:00am

The Reformatory (also known as the Idaho Industrial Training School, and the Idaho State Reform School) was built in the early 1900s and was in operation for 60 years until it closed in the 1980s. Many troubled children were sent here – and several never left. Their restless souls may still be trying to reach out and tell us of the conditions they encountered.

A wide variety of paranormal activity has been reported throughout both the old dormitory and the medical building, including interactions with “ghost children” who play and roam the floors and grounds of the former reformatory complex. Apparitions of children and a doctor have been seen by locals in the infirmary – particularly in the surgical room. Others have said they hear the cries of a little girl. Maybe you’ll catch the disembodied voice of someone trying to share their story or feel a tug on your shirt from a ghost child trying to get your attention.

Who will you encounter during your visit? One of the many young people who were buried in the small cemetery located on the reformatory grounds? Maybe a doctor who treated the children for a variety of illnesses and accidents? Or, perhaps you’ll run into young Hope, a 14-year-old girl residing at the school who, according to a newspaper article, committed suicide in 1941 when she “removed a cord belt from her dress, stood on chair next to the door, tied the belt around her neck and hooked one end through the transom, then stepped off the chair.”

Rumored to be a place of neglect, abuse and despair for some of its residents, there is sure to be plenty of energy held within these walls. Join us and see what secrets you can reveal when you reach out to communicate with the lost souls of St. Anthony Girls’ Reformatory… if you dare!

What’s Included?

Your ghost hunt at Idaho State Reform School & Infirmary includes the following:

  • Exclusive Overnight Access to the most haunted areas.
  • Exclusive access to the Infirmary.
  • Ghost Hunting Vigils.
  • Structured Vigils.
  • Private time to explore this haunted location.
  • Unlimited refreshments available throughout the night including:  Coffee, Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Bottled Water.
  • Selection of snacks.

 

Location History

Constructed in the early 1900s, the Idaho State Reform School and Infirmary (also called St. Anthony Girls Reformatory, and Idaho State Industrial School), was built by the state to house many children, including runaways, truants and orphans during the 60 years it was in operation.

During that time, it is rumored that many of the children suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of those in charge and that several accidents occurred resulting in the deaths of too many fragile lives. A small cemetery on the grounds of the reformatory holds the crumbling gravestones of at least 20 young people who met their demise while residing at the school.

The facility was decommissioned in the 1980s and two buildings remain standing today: the girls’ dormitory and the infirmary or medical building, referred to by the current owners as the “Haunted Hospital”.

While there seem to be few actual records still in existence about the conditions at the school or the events that took place inside, there is one newspaper report of a 14-year-old girl named Hope who committed suicide here in 1941.

Recently investigated by the Ghost Adventures team, St. Anthony Girls’ Reformatory and Infirmary appear to be places of frequent and varied paranormal activity. Is the spirit of Hope still lingering, just waiting to tell her story? Or perhaps one of the other children has secrets to share. There’s only one way to find out…

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