Weird California
Weird California
Weird California - By Joe Parzanese

Arroyo Del Valle Sanitarium

Map Camp Arroyo
5555 Arroyo Rd, Livermore, California 94550

The Arroyo Del Valle Sanitarium was a hospital for tuberculosis patients about five miles south of Livermore situated on about 258 acres of woods. It opened in 1918. It operated until 1960, and in its 42 years, cared for more than 10,000 patients.

Except for the 1973 Warlock Moon movie being filmed on site, the sanitarium sat vacant, becoming the stuff of ghost stories and urban legends.

In addition to the stories of the ghosts of tuberculosis patients wandering the area, there's an urban legend about a former groundskeeper who apparently killed all the patients in the children's ward and then committed suicide. The sounds of the children's screams can still be heard at night.

In 1999, construction began on Camp Arroyo, a children's youth camp, and many of the sanitarium's buildings were knocked down and cleared. However, many of the sanitarium's foundations remain. Although supposedly the building housing the sanitarium's boiler room still stands. But if the ghost of a deranged groundskeeper really does exist, was bringing him new children to murder a good idea?


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Last Edited: 2013-10-25