|City/Town: • Little Rock|
|Location Class: • Hospital|
|Built: • 1940's | Abandoned: • 1999|
|Status: • Demolished|
|Photojournalist: • Michael Schwarz • Jared Holt|
After World War II, the hospital activity picked up in North Little Rock. Memorial Hospital also opened on the hill above Pike Plaza. Once a state of art facility, the Memorial Hospital is where a lot of people in Arkansas were born. It’s sad to see such a big part of Arkansas just sitting abandoned… The new hospital was moved in late 2004 and renamed Eugene Towbin Veterans Affairs Hospital (AKA Va Hospital North Little Rock).Just down the street from the old location.
Other sources say Baptist Memorial Hospital was actually moved to another location called Baptist Health Medical Center located on Springhill Drive in North Little Rock.
After it was closed, the original hospital building was occasionally used as a “Haunted Hospital” attraction around Halloween, which would account for some of the images where there appears to be smeared “blood” on the walls. This hospital is not actually haunted.
Unfortunately, the time that I went, the building was half way torn down. By now it is completely gone. I stood in front of the former Baptist Memorial Hospital in North Little Rock to watch a crane operator drop a wrecking ball into the building that they are demolishing. The 6-story structure was built in 1962 and closed in 1999 when the hospital moved. The city acquired it and then sold it and the surrounding 40 acres for $200,000 to One Pershing Circle LLC, a Little Rock development group.
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