Located next to the former Camarillo State Mental Hospital, this long abandoned dairy farm attempts to live up to its name.
Camarillo State Mental Hospital was originally built in 1932, and at one time was considered to be one of the chief pioneers in developing new techniques for previously “untreatable” diagnoses (e.g., Schizophrenia, Autism, etc.).
The hospital was opened in 1936 and by the 1950s was home to more than 7,000 alcoholics, pedophiles, and people with mental illness, retardation and violent propensities. It housed almost as many nurses, doctors and hospital workers and at one time was considered to be the largest mental hospital in the world.
Patients were put to work in the surrounding fields and dairy farm.
Rumors of murder, rape and suicide have always been a part of the ‘Scary Dairy’ storyline. One of the more unbelievable tales has the owner of the dairy going crazy, killing his workers and then feeding them to the patients. Doubtful but it sure makes the experience of walking around the property a little more interesting.
The hospital closed its doors in 1997 and is now the site of the California State University, Channel Islands.
The dairy is a few miles east from the main campus, off a dirt road and is only accessible by a short one mile hike.
The location used to be a lot more easier to get in to but is now locked down, fenced off and is constantly patrolled by local law enforcement after numerous incidents of crime, fire and vandalism.
I was happy to see that there were no other cars in the parking lot when I arrived…
…but quickly found out that you’re never alone when visiting the ‘Scary Dairy’.
While hiking along the dirt road on my way to the barn, a saw an unmarked white truck driving to the parking lot in the distance. He pulled right next to where I parked and stayed there for about 10 minutes while I pretended to not see him or the No Trespassing signs I had just passed. If he was gonna give me a ticket he would either have to unlock the gate and catch me or he would have to wait for me to get back to my car (which I didn’t plan on doing anytime soon). I’m not sure if he was trying to intimidate me but he repeated these same maneuvers two more times while I was there.
Fuck the police!
Most of the structures have lost their roofs.
There’s some speculation that the dairy was also used as a slaughterhouse.
Slaughterhouses & mental patients are always a great combo.
Behind the barn and main dairy is another little ruin..branding area?
“Day After You Die”
Cow Bell/Cow Jail
Remnants of the fire that burned through the area last spring.
Even the insects are crazy.
A nuchal cord occurs when the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around the fetal neck 360 degrees. Nuchal cords are very common, with prevalence rates of 6% to 37%. Up to half of nuchal cords resolve before delivery.
To me there was nothing scary about this dairy but it was kind of exciting playing hide and seek with the cop and listening to the haunting sounds the barn made when the wind blew through it.
Protecting and preserving historic, sacred, and sensitive sites should be practiced by all. Locations, directions, and names to some of the places found on this site are not listed, please don’t ask for them. Tread lightly, leave no trace and always respect the wonder that surrounds you.