Date: Apr. 5, 2014
Location: Baker Memorial Sanitorium (a.k.a. Baker Park)
Claims: Many visitors have reported feeling watched, and experiencing uneasiness, heaviness and an overall “creepy vibe”. Some visitors have also reported taking their dogs through the park and the dogs suddenly freezing in place and refusing to move.
In July of 2012, an investigation was conducted at Baker Memorial Sanitorium, known today as Baker Park. The investigation was cut short due to being swarmed by mosquitoes, but because of what both I and now-former member Michelle experienced during our time there, there was never any doubt that a second investigation would be conducted. On April 5, 2014, the entire Wolf Paranormal team is going to do just that.
The Central Alberta Sanatorium – renamed the Baker Memorial Sanatorium in 1950, after Dr. A.H. Baker, who served as Director for thirty years – was established in 1920 in Robertson, which was near Calgary. It was built specifically to house tubercular civilians and WWI veterans who were transferred from Frank, Alberta. From 1942 to 1945 the center also treated Japanese evacuees.
By 1960, the sanatorium was beginning to empty out completely. In 1961, some rooms were converted to make room for severely mentally-challenged patients. In 1962, the Baker Center was added to the facility as an extension of Alberta School Hospital for the treatment of mentally disabled children. In 1974, the program expanded to include mentally disabled adults. In 1975, the Baker Center separated from the sanatorium. By 1980, though the Baker Center continued to operate, the sanatorium was permanently closed. There was no further need for the services it was providing, as tuberculosis patients were transferred to the Foothills Hospital.
In 1989, Alberta Public Works, Supply, and Services demolished the buildings, as there were no more tuberculosis patients to treat.
During its years of operation, the Baker Sanatorium saw approximately 10,000 patients. While it is known that many patients died in the center, it is unclear at this point how many of those deaths were specifically attributed to tuberculosis.
At this time, Glimmer is unavailable for investigative work. She is currently in rehabilitation therapy due to the development of some fear issues. However, because some of the claims about this location involve unusual reactions in dogs, it is important to try to recreate those occurrences. Robyn has agreed to allow her dog, Rosco, to attend the investigation in Glimmer’s stead. We have used him before, and he has proven to be very calm-submissive even in the presence of stimuli unseen and unheard by us. This will be his second investigation.