Nopeming
Sanatorium
Duluth, MN

Death and Nopeming

Death and Nopeming

Anti-tuberculosis poster with suggestions on how to protect those around you if you are sick and do not know if you are infected.
Anti-tuberculosis poster with suggestions on how to protect those around you if you are sick and do not know if you are infected.

When I tell people about my strange experiences at the hospital, I sometimes hear in response, “Well, SO many PEOPLE died there—it MUST be haunted!” Usually followed by an explanation about how someone must have liked acting on the stage and wanted to play a trick on us for putting our things there. With respect, I do not have time for these kinds of conjectures. I could make up a hundred such “explanations,” which do not have any real value.

The modern morgue, a replacement for the original morgue which has since been turned into a kitchen area.
The modern morgue, a replacement for the original morgue which has since been turned into a kitchen area.

The first part of the question in intriguing, though… if there is such thing as a ghost, then I would expect them to manifest based on a probability. Per exempla, if I were to die tomorrow, there is some chance that some part of me would live on in this world.

According to this assumption, the number of deaths present a compounding probability of haunting. So, I looked at the death rate at Nopeming versus its average number of patients annually.

Conservatively, I estimate 1,500 deaths occurred on the campus between 1910 and 2002.

It is easy to forget how deadly TB was, and according to the statistics only about half of the deaths at Nopeming were directly caused by TB infections. Maybe this number is significant, to my story, maybe it isn’t.

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