Tours Now Offered at Nopeming Sanatorium

Northland Uncovered: Going Inside Nopeming Sanatorium

DULUTH, Minn. – For years an abandoned tuberculosis sanatorium has been the interest of Northlanders, ghost hunters, and historians around the country.

Nopeming Sanatorium sits almost empty in Duluth.

“In 1908 they built the first building and then after that it filled so they built other buildings to accommodate more patients,” explained Tanya Graysmark, the Project Director at Nopeming.

A leaning smoke stack, the crematorium, is all that remains of original buildings.

In the 1940s, when a vaccination was created for tuberculosis, patients with various diseases were brought in to fill the now empty rooms.

In 1971, the building fully transitioned into a nursing home.

The facility closed in 2002.

Now, the building is home to broken windows and hazard warnings.

“Safety has always been an issue here; trespassers have always been an issue. I think we’ve gotten a nice handle on that,” explained Graysmark.

The company that now owns the building, Orison, started allowing tours just over a year ago.

“We have so many guests that come here that have a history here,” said Graysmark.

Some visitors come to learn about the past and some come to find a ghost.

Although the tours can give off an eerie vibe to those who brave them, the history lessons also give a glimpse into Duluth’s medical past.

Ticket sales from the tours go to renovating the building.

No renovations have started, but they are working on the roof.

The company is giving tours through the first weekend in November.

To register for a tour and learn more, head to www.nopeming.com.

 

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