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The Haunting of Colorado State Home For Mental Defectives At Ridge | SuperTarget
Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Posted by Hauntings Admin on 07/04/2009

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About Colorado State Home for Mental Defectives at Ridge | SuperTarget

Location:

The Colorado State Home for Mental Defectives at Ridge was torn down and a SuperTarget was allegedly built in its place. This building was located along Ridge Road in Wheat Ridge.

History:

The Home at the Ridge was a place for mentally disturbed children as well as adults, howeversome reports claim that normal, healthy children were sometimes left at the facility in its early days as well and then raised there, often becoming mentally disabled as well due to the poor social conditions at the facility. It was a place for "unwanted people" to be dropped off and forgotten.

The first patient arrived in July of 1912. By 1936, there were 260 patients at the Ridge and a capacity for 300.

Conditions at the Ridge were bad enough to be reported in 1989. Apparently it was common for patients to leave human excrement throughout the facility and for this waste to be left for days at a time.

In 1994, a psychiatric technician from the facility was shot in the face in the northeast corner of the parking lot at the mental institution over a dispute with another man over a woman.

In 1998, there were 22 developmentally disabled sex offenders living at Ridge home.

Before the Ridge Home was torn down, a security guard reported a basement room with shackles on the wall in a room with iron doors in the facility. A man who once lived on campus with his family (his father was the assistant director)suggested that the iron shackles may have been part of a dental chair. According to this man's report, there were indeed tunnels that ran under campus, connecting buildings together so that patients could be transported between buildings in severe weather.

Recently, the Ridge Home was torn down. A SuperTarget was built in its place.

A great deal of discussion can be found on the web about this location and the actual magnitude of some of the folklore surrounding this location. Because it was not open to the public per se and because it was a facility that cared for people that the rest of society wanted to forget about, it seems likely that stories have been blown up a bit and sensationalized by those who did not have first hand experience with the location.

Haunting:

Disembodied voices including a little girl crying and whispering. Apparitions, shadow people. Strange smells. Feelings of being watched. Poltergeist activity including objects lost in one location and then showing up in a new location. Photographs revealed orbs and plasma streaks.

A security guard reported seeing a man run into the laundry facility while patrolling the campus. He and another security guard followed the man into the building where he heard footsteps and whispering. They heard a man say, "get out" and then a chair was "thrown" at them. When police arrived, they were not able to find anyone or any evidence of a break in.

Resources:

No Author (2006). Welcome to Ridge Home History. Retrieved March 5, 209 from http://defunctplaygrounds.com/ridgehomehistory.php

Shadowlord (1998). Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved March 2, 2009 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/colorado.htm

City-Data (2005-2009). City-Data Retrieved March 5, 2009 from http://www.city-data.com/forum/denver/31442-ridge-home-information-3.html

Comments

twiztid_chick666 Posted: 07/31/2009
this place is so creappy i live in golden co not far from where it onces stood in high school we would go there for the scares and 2 party seen a few things heard a lot of voices nothing to big
-ND4SPD- Posted: 11/18/2009
Back in the Mid-90's my friends & I gained access over a fence on the back portion of the facitily where the barb'd wire was not strung properly. We entered one particular building (of the many building's on the campus) on probably 3-4 occassions. It was an abandoned residential housing unit. At this point but there were still posters, drawings, etc. on some walls. There were other left behind items like toys or chairs. The layout itself was very odd & sometimes disorienting. I guess the best way to describe it was sort of round. If you walked the entire building you'd end back up at the beginning. It just had this eirie feeling even with the lights on (yes it still had power). There were two rooms that stood out in particular. One looked like maybe a clinic & had a dentist type chair with some leather straps to secure a patients limbs down. That room was creepy. The other one was labled "Treatment Room" or something similar. We just knew some this important was in there as it was the only door in the entire building that was locked with large padlock (oviously added after it was cloded down). Our final time out there we had brought some bolt cutters but a security guard arrived shortly after we got inside & we high tailsed it out of there & never returned. I've visited a few spooky places in my time but this one just feel different...
storm_chaser Posted: 06/22/2011
When I was a kid, in the early 70's, our class at school would take Christmas gifts to the kids living there. Apparently, for some of the kids, their parents would pick them up once a year at Christmas and then drop them off until the next year. The rest of the kids would have no one so charity groups would go to visit them at the holidays. Some of the kids would be wandering the halls and grounds unsupervised. In larger rooms there were rows of stainless steel cribs with children. In one crib there was what I thought was a young crippled child. The lady working there told us he was 47 years old. The place was ugly, smelled and dirty. In some places there was urine and feces on the floor. It was obvious many on the staff didn't care. Except for some rusty playground equipment there was little for the kids to do or play with. Truly a depressing place. There is a story that a mental patient that should of been sent to the State Mental Hospital was accidentally sent to Ridge and murdered some children in their cribs. Later in Junior high our little League football team would practice on the fields to the south of Ridge. We would go into the building to get water and sometimes wander the halls.

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