The creepy sentinel, Beach Army Hospital has stood on the outskirts of Mineral Wells since the 1950s, serving as a medical institution for the Fort Wolters Military Base before being largely abandoned at the conclusion of the Vietnam War. The building’s current owner, Brett Hobson, has been hard at work over the past three years renovating the hospital. It was recently decided that following the renovations that building will be leased to Perfect Technician Academy, a veteran-focused trades training school.
While there is still work to be done, Hobson has made the decision to open the doors of the historic military hospital to the public in an effort to allow local residents and tourists the opportunity to see and walk the halls of the massive structure for themselves before it is fully converted into a school.
The tours which Hobson plans to provide will be anything but your run-of-the-mill walkthroughs, however. Beach Army Hospital has developed a reputation for the paranormal of the years, attracting urban-explorers and a variety of paranormal investigators from around the country. As such, the hospital will be offering overnight paranormal investigations for a limited time to anyone who is willing to spend the night inside and will be using the proceeds to aid Perfect Technician Academy in renovating the building.
“The hospital has been the site of vandalism and a number of break-ins, for reasons as simple as people wanting to experience what it’s like to walk the halls of an abandoned military installation. I want to offer people that chance, but in a safe and controlled environment where nobody will end up hurt.” Brett Hobson, Owner of Beach Army Hospital, LLC
In order to market the hospital’s overnight investigations, Hobson is teaming up with a leading paranormal media personality, Conner Gossel, creator of Instagram’s globally popular horror page “The Haunted Historian” (@haunted.historian). Gossel will have sole discretion in marketing the hospital to horror enthusiasts and adventurous tourists around the country and estimates the abandoned building could generate upwards of $1,000 a night once it opens.
With plans to have the building under construction by September 1st, the overnight tours will not be around for long, and Hobson suggests the public take advantage of the opportunity because soon it will be gone for good.