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Title: St. Julia Asylum
Description: Bemidji MN

Roanoke - February 26, 2004 05:01 AM (GMT)
Could someone Email me directions and possibly a map to get to St. Julia Asylum.


mnpsg_adam - March 1, 2004 04:47 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Roanoke @ Feb 26 2004, 05:01 AM)
Could someone Email me directions and possibly a map to get to St. Julia Asylum.


Directions could probably be found on the internet through Yahoo. As for the map, I would talk to the Bemidji Historical Society.

Tweety - August 5, 2004 06:31 AM (GMT)
I have been online for weeks now looking for any info on this place. All I have been able to find is two very small stories on it. The stories are literally only 2 or 3 lines. Does anyone have the addres, another name this institute went by, when it closed or anything else??? I would greatly appreciate any info anyone has!! Thanks!!!

Sam - August 9, 2004 08:34 PM (GMT)
Check out this thread.

It's north of Bemidji near Buena Vista. It's on the north shore of Lake Julia near the intersection of county roads 15 and 26 (I think those numbers are right, I make no promises though). I don't recommend venturing inside, I am told it is full of asbestos and/or mold. Let me know if you have any more questions.


Tweety - August 11, 2004 09:52 PM (GMT)
Sam THANK YOU very much!!! Your the first person who has been able to give me any info on that place at all!! I'm in Indiana, so I won't be going to visit it anytime soon LoL a friend had actually told me of the place, and I am fascinated and intrigued by histories of old aslyums. I haven't had a chance to read everything on the link you posted, but I greatly appreciate you responding back!! Do you happen to know if this place has only used this name, or if there was another name?? And possibly do you know when it closed down or why??? And anything else you might know about this place I'd love to hear!!! I've searched for this online and have literally found but 2 places that only mention it on paranormal pages and literally only give 2 lines!! THANKS again for your help!!!!

nwmps - August 11, 2004 10:49 PM (GMT)
thats only an hr and a half drive from me...may have to take a looksee
sounds interesting have some friends in the area also can ask them what they know/have heard. will post anything i find out if you like.

Tweety - August 12, 2004 12:00 AM (GMT)
MWMPS Thanks very much!!! That would be great if you went and could post any pics and findings!!!! I actually have a friend around the area who is a paranormal investigator who is thinking of going, maybe you two could meet and go together!!! Again thanks for offering to post your finds!! I can't wait to see them :)

Sam - August 12, 2004 04:21 AM (GMT)
You should be able to get information on the Lake Julia Sanitarium by contacting the Bemidji Heritage Preservation Commission:

316 4th St.
Bemidji City Hall
Bemidji MN 56601
Contact: Shirley Sherman

If they don't have the information you need, let me know (I have a few more contacts up there).

P.S. Minnesota's most famous asylum is located in Fergus Falls. It is the only remaining asylum in Minnesota that follows the Kirkbride plan.

Tweety - August 12, 2004 11:06 PM (GMT)
Sam THANK YOU for your help!!! I've written a letter off today so hopefully I will hear something soon!! And I have been reading up on the asylum in Fergus Falls as well. And I knew it was a Kirkbride design too!!! I haven't read a whole lot on that yet, but I plan to read a lot more soon!!! Thank you again for all your help!!!

nwmps - August 14, 2004 09:34 PM (GMT)
The one in fergus they are trying to sell to a developer its still partialy used.
Interesting history, I have inlaws in the area and have seen it quite a few times very impressive building.

ojibwegurl - April 9, 2005 01:08 AM (GMT)
I use to go to school in Bemidji, and I have several friends that have ventured in there. And they are all scared to return. They said something about seeing a lil girl , and hearing lots of doors open and close, and someone following them. I have yet to go there myself.

nwmps - April 9, 2005 01:13 AM (GMT)
I tried getting any contact information to get permission to investigate but just hit dead ends will try again this summer.. i know there is the problem of asbestos so we may have to wear protective masks or somthing.. but sounds like it would be well worth it.
I have heard that the owner has it fenced off and doesnt let anyone at all go inside.

ojibwegurl - April 9, 2005 01:15 AM (GMT)
Im told its not fenced off at all, and they parked down the road and walked up. There is a house nearby. (This is called tresspassing im sure), but I hear a couple of them actually did go more than once ...

nwmps - April 9, 2005 01:19 AM (GMT)
I still would like the property owners permission before entering.
legal papers and such lol
If possible could you email me any stories or things that have happened to your friends? would be interested to get as much info as possible especialy urban legends and stuff like that for our area.

ojibwegurl - April 9, 2005 01:26 AM (GMT)
Sure, Ill see what I can do. Also, has anyone heard about the old "bomb shelter" in between Cass Lake and Bemidji? My friend who went there with another friend, dosn't remember how to get there. She said even if she could she would go back - because it was way too scary. I personally, want to check it out.

nwmps - April 9, 2005 01:34 AM (GMT)
no i havent heard of it sounds very interesting..
I would enjoy hearing any stories from the northwestren part of the state. i am putting together a collection of sotires from around here.. any information true or just urban legens would be great.

captainraybies - April 12, 2005 04:46 AM (GMT)
The asylum is private property, I have been up there on several occassions. I have never been inside becasue it is fenced off. The people who currently own it are reported to not want any paranormal people out there. They are planning on fixing it up and making it into a bed and breakfast. However, they are having a hard time. I will sure try to keep you guys posted on what is happening there. It will be hard since I just recently moved from Bemidji to Eastern Oregon, but I still know lots of people there who know people there.

captainraybies - April 12, 2005 04:51 AM (GMT)
Apparently things have changed, the fences have been removed. I am wrong. That might mean they are going to start the remodeling this spring or summer. I will try to get the name of the people who own the place and post that here. For all you curious folks.

mnpsg_adam - April 12, 2005 07:22 AM (GMT)
Thanks and welcome to the boards! :)

nwmps - April 12, 2005 09:44 PM (GMT)
alot of bed and breakfasts use ghosts to bring in people,maybe after the remodeling they would be willing to rethink it :P

HubKap - August 14, 2005 09:09 PM (GMT)
My friend Jason and I went up their last night(thanks to this post). We have lived in Bemidji our lives and just recently heard about this. We pretty much got chased off by a bunch of dogs(don't go walking up to the place). These dogs were MEAN!! We are heading back up their today before it gets to dark. I'll let you know what happens.

nwmps - August 15, 2005 03:44 AM (GMT)
carefull about tresspassing dont wanna get in trouble with the law

mnpsg_adam - August 15, 2005 10:23 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (nwmps @ Aug 15 2005, 03:44 AM)
carefull about tresspassing dont wanna get in trouble with the law

Yes that is a big thing that you would like to look out for.

xGreendayx - October 14, 2005 02:59 AM (GMT)
TOO LATE GUYS ST.Julia Asylum is CLOSED DOWN apparently they were selling it and all the people who went there acted like they were interested in buying the house im sorry its private property now but my friend has a pic of the little girl its said that your digital camera wont turn on and on disposable cameras the winding wont turn i live very close to this only 35 miles to bemidji...

brooke - October 14, 2005 03:18 AM (GMT)
ha ha thats my friend that signed above me. she is right its closed now due to someone buying it. i told her about our digital camera and one time use so yea. but i had a disc from there filled with pictures but my sister lost it so yea. if u have pictures please tell me i would very much enjoy seeing them.. thanx

brooke - October 14, 2005 03:25 AM (GMT)
:) .

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