Abandoned Kings Park

For Momma’s new job, she has to co-author a book on a little hamlet called Kings Park.  She took a tour with some KP historians a few weeks back and some things that she wanted to show Pops.  So, we went along for the ride.

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This area used to be a large hospital, but it was all self-contained.  The workers lived here, they had their own dairy, their own working farm, a pig slaughter, you name it.  People who were institutionalized worked in all the different places.  Then in the 1980’s. the doors were closed, the patients were literally kicked out, and now the buildings stand ruined.  We just went and visited one little area, but there are over 60 buildings that still stand.

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Momma said it was like being in one of those movies – – the ones where there are no more humans alive and nature takes over everything man built.  Creepy.

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After Momma talked Pops out of sneaking in to the buildings, we hung out in the shade and got some belly rubs.

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Creepy, but pretty in a way, eh?  You can see all the way to the Long Island Sound.  Pops said next time he’s leaving me and Chuck at home so they can sneak in these places.  Momma said NO THANKS!

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. wallaceandsamuel
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 06:26:38

    Oooooh tell your Pops that our dada will join him exploring the buildings, he LOVES stuff like that! Mom says she will stick to watching programmes about abandoned places and buildings.
    Wally & Sammy

  2. cecilia07
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 07:50:00

    Ohhhhh now that was a fun and different day trip! You had all those acres to yourselves. MOL MOL your pop wanted to explore. I bet Charley was ready to go with him….boys will be boys
    Hugs madi your bfff

  3. easyweimaraner
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 08:05:39

    that was my first though as I read the name of this place: could be the real Kingdom Hospital of Stephen King. but it has something, I would like to give the buildings and the area a second life :o)

  4. Yamini MacLean
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 08:32:03

    Hari Om
    …gotta admit, I might have been tempted to take a sneaky-peeky too… I agree with your mum that such places have a certain beauty, but also a sadness at the abandonment. Easy is right – second life would be great; but often that means developers and they don’t necessarily want to keep wide open spaces ‘coz ground is $$$… sigh…. glad you got to spend such a good time there! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. Oz the Terrier
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 09:11:53

    Hmmm, it is a pretty place despite all the uncared for buildings. If your dad ever gets in one, ask him if he sees any ghosts or patients past. *shivers*
    Oz

  6. Mili Wifey
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 09:54:15

    Good to see your mom and dad!!
    Yay for getting those belly rubs.

  7. Kismet
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 11:00:18

    Ten to one those abandoned building were built with tax dollars. Five to one, the taxpayers are still paying for them because the bonds keep getting rolled over.

  8. Casey the Boxer
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 11:12:53

    That does look creepy!

  9. Hawk aka BrownDog
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 11:39:05

    Hi Y’all!

    Oh that would be fun! Exploring the buildings. Wonder if squatters are living in them?

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  10. Idaho PugRanch
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 15:43:37

    Pretty but kinda creepy all the the same time. Mom says she would not go in the buildings!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  11. Frank the Tank
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 15:59:43

    Ohhhh that is creepy like Shutter Island or something, I would go exploring too but I would be scared that the place would be haunted or still being secretly inhabited by some insane people or a crazy doctor out for revenge Wa-Ha-Ha! Well enough with my crazy imagination it actually looks like a lovely place and great for walking, it looks like it could be a fun dog friendly place, wideopen grassy places to run and your tummy rubs of course! Great day! Love and Licks from your furiend Frank XxxxxxxxX

  12. Lee
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 23:52:22

    Lee said definitely sad ~ In the 1980 most mental hospital closed because it was ruled to keep the mentally ill institutionalized was inhumane. My Lee volunteered during that time at our mental hospital Longview in Cincinnati. They just released people who had no place to go, no place to work, who new nothing about living on the outside of those walls. Lee has a very strong opinion about how just abandoning those people was a humane act. We personally know two who committed suicide by jumping because they did not know what to do. Many more still sit on our streets. Oh now you done it and got my Lee on a bandwagon.
    Lee would have been with you Pops and wanted to go inside, because I bet many things were just left behind and it would be interesting to see. Yep Lee would have gone inside. Kings Park calling a Psych center a park. Lee knew about this place.
    Thanks for showing us this place. I think people need to learn and think more about what happened here truly.
    Sweet William The Scot

  13. Murphy & Stanley
    Aug 04, 2015 @ 13:56:59

    We are not very progressive in our treatment of mental illness. Well, we dogs are but hoomans pretty much suck at it.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  14. bichonpawz
    Aug 05, 2015 @ 04:58:06

    Wonder if there are any squatters or ghosts on the property? We would be way too scared to check those buildings out!! Hello Mom and Dad!! xo Chloe and LadyBug

  15. Lassie and Benji
    Aug 07, 2015 @ 20:42:50

    We wouldnt want to sneak in. Mommy is a scaredy cat! Sounds interesting though.

  16. Kathy Webb
    Aug 10, 2015 @ 10:47:36

    We agree with Murphy & Stanley! How could they just let all of those people go without benefit of work, a place to live or financial support?! Inhumane to humans.
    It still looks creepy like the movies! Good luck with the book!

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