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Location DB > United States > Ohio > Bangs > Knox County Poorhouse
Knox County Poorhouse
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created by KD20 on 10/31/2014 8:23 PM
last modified by KD20 on 6/27/2015 6:51 AM
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Enormous brick structure with four full floors plus a basement and attic. Each floor is laid out with a main hallway running the course of the building and one wing at each end of the building. Two interior collapses make it a difficult building to navigate. Remnants of the poorhouse, Bible college and haunted house all remain inside. There are several different stories from the poorhouse and Bible college days about the building and grounds being haunted, something the haunted house capitalized on. Parts of the building are weak, unstable or collapsed.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Burned to the Ground
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information
Possum Street
Bangs, Ohio
United States
Owner: privately owned
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • unsafe flooring
  • interior collapses
  •  Interesting Features
    -old furniture from the poorhouse still in the attic
    -communal bathrooms, wardrobes and other furniture from the Bible college dorms on floors 2-4
    -scenes from the haunted house attraction remain
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1875
    Closed: 1988
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Built in 1875, the Knox County Poorhouse was constructed to house people who could not afford anywhere else to live. Many of the residents were elderly people or children with mental illnesses dropped off by their parents. It was rumored that care provided to residents was substandard, causing multiple deaths. According to rumor, some of these residents were later discovered in unmarked graves around the property. In 1953, the poorhouse closed due to questionable structural integrity.

    Mt. Vernon Bible College was the next occupant of the building, moving in after repairs were made to the structure in 1957. Students lived in dormitories on the top floors and attended classes in the building. Another rumor about the building describes an elevator crash in which several female students were killed and now supposedly haunt the building. The fact that the building never actually had an elevator debunks this rumor. In 1988, the Bible college moved to Virginia, leaving the building abandoned for the second time.

    The final use of the building was a haunted house attraction known as the House of Nightmares. Beginning in the mid-90s, the House of Nightmares utilized the basement and first floor of the building each October. In 2006, the building suffered a large interior collapse after which the haunted house was forced to relocate. A second portion of the building collapsed in 2012.

    Burned on June 26, 2015. Appears as if there isn't much left.
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     Future Plans
    It has been slated for demolition for several years but no effort has been made. There is a group of people attempting to get it preserved.

    Burned almost to the ground on 6/26/2015. Remainder will definitely be demolished.

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    Knox County Poorhouse 3/2013
    Fri, Oct 31st, 2014
    posted by KD20
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    Photography 9 / 10
    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 6/27/2015 11:04 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 27 15 at 11:04, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Jun 27 15 at 6:51, KD20 changed the following: Publically Viewable, Status
  • on Jun 27 15 at 6:45, KD20 changed the following: History, Future Plans, Web Links
  • on Nov 1 14 at 15:03, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Oct 31 14 at 21:33, KD20 made this location available
  • on Oct 31 14 at 21:33, KD20 changed the following: Interesting Features
  • on Oct 31 14 at 21:32, KD20 updated gallery Knox County Poorhouse 3/2013
  • on Oct 31 14 at 21:32, KD20 updated gallery picture Above
  • on Oct 31 14 at 21:31, KD20 updated gallery picture Ladder
  • on Oct 31 14 at 21:31, KD20 updated gallery picture Divide
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