Washington State’s Scariest Place
Legend has it that if a person dies in a house building or hospital, its spirit will haunt those walls for centuries. There is an abandoned hospital in the Palouse that is the home of several ghosts who communicate with the living.
Some consider this old decaying building as the most frightening place in the entire State of Washington.
Colfax, Washington’s St. Ignatius Hospital was built in 1893, by a Catholic nun named, Mother Joseph. The same person who started Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. St. Ignatius Hospital ceased operations in 1968. The structure was then abandoned in 2003. Today, the old building is in the care of Laura and Austin Storm.
They are hoping to one day open a coffee shop on the ground floor, with rooms to rent above. Among their visions for modern day St. Ignatius Hospital is to preserve the bones of the structure, while completely renovating the building. Their strategy is to improve the historic building, while keeping an old vintage feel about the place.
They also wish to continue with the very popular Ghost Tours.
Tours range from a 2 hour daytime tour, to a late night paranormal investigation. You can even conduct your very own private paranormal investigation. Complete tour info can be found here.
Valoree Gregory is the Director of the Whitman County Historical Society and a Ghost Tour Guide at St. Ignatius.
Back in 2014, she and a team of “Ghost Tour Guides” began conducting the paranormal expeditions. One of Valoree's superhuman qualities - is that she doesn't bolt and run, when she makes contact and communicates with the spirits at St. Ignatius Hospital.
You and anyone brave enough, can reserve time with the St. Ignatius Hospital tour staff. Proceeds from these tours help to support the preservation of St. Ignatius Hospital.
St. Ignatius Hospital
1009 S Mill St
Colfax, WA 99111
Info and Online Tour Reservations
Information sources: KSPS.org, StIgnatiusColfax.com