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  • […] A few years ago, I wrote one of my first blog posts on the creepy abandoned Sunny Acres juvenile detention facility located here in San Luis Obispo, California. This ‘asylum’ (as it is called) lurks high on a hill above the former San Luis Obispo County General Hospital, affording a view of the city that some say is unparalleled. It has a very dark history and has reinvented itself several times from orphanage to juvenile offender detention facility. Some old-timers even claim it was a TB sanatorium for a brief time. For more information, refer to my original post The Abandoned Historic Sunny Acres Detention Facility. […]

    February 19, 2015
  • Valencia Ganoe

    Spent my teenage years in the 1980’s in and out of that place (adventurous social gatherings). So spooky! So fun! Currently writing a short story that features Sunny Acres prominently. Love your photography of the site- it brought back so many memories!

    November 19, 2014
    • Hello Valencia: Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Sunny Acres blog post. I would love to learn more about your upcoming short story. Must have been an incredible experience. Keep me posted!

      November 19, 2014
  • Frank Martin

    I find this article very interesting. As a child, I spent some time in that building. I’m guessing around 1939 or 1940. I have very faint memories of the place…………

    September 30, 2013
    • Frank, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog post on Sunny Acres. It sounds as if you have many rich experiences to share regarding the time you spent there as a child. These are the things I think about when photographing abandoned places – what life was like; where the people went; what happened to them.

      October 03, 2013

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