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Tranquille

The site Tranquille came to life in 1857 when gold was discovered there. By 1884, three families —
the Cooneys, the Fortunes, and the McIntoshes — resided on the property.

Around 1905, the British Columbia anti-tuberculosis society started looking for a site to build a
provincial hospital. Tranquille offered the ideal dry and mountainous climate. The site was
purchased for $57,000 dollars in 1907 and converted into a sanatorium, despite protests from the
people of Kamloops, who didn’t want the hospital so close to the community. The Cooney property was
purchased 15 years later and the institution expanded to accommodate 330 patients.

In 1958, the Tranquille sanatorium was closed. The site became a home for mentally handicapped
people and served as a major part of the Kamloops economy, at one point employing up to 600 staff.
The home closed in 1984, a victim of government programs that dispersed the mentally handicapped
into group homes and the wider community.

In this gallery, we are trying to convey the atmosphere of abandonment and decay. We hope you enjoy
this collection. We recommend you Google "Tranquille" for more information about the site and be sure to
check out the "view map" link for each shooting location.

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Inside Tranquille
:: Inside Tranquille ::
Sunken Garden
Sunken Garden
Tranquille Residences
Tranquille Residences
Tranquille Merry-go-round
Tranquille Merry-go-round
The Firehall
The Firehall
The Barns
The Barns
Residence
Residence
Boarded Up
Boarded Up
Meadowview
Meadowview
The Laundry
The Laundry
Inside the Laundry
Inside the Laundry
Front Walk
Front Walk
School Windows
School Windows
Wall Mural
Wall Mural
The Farm
The Farm
Playground
Playground
Door to the Abattoir
Door to the Abattoir
Meadowview Men's Residence
Meadowview Men's Residence
Detritus
Detritus
Stememelt Village
Stememelt Village
Traffic Control
Traffic Control
Firehall
Firehall
The Silo
The Silo
The Ranch House
The Ranch House
Power Plant
Power Plant
The Gymnasium
The Gymnasium
Boarded Up II
Boarded Up II
The Main Hospital
The Main Hospital
Through the Laundry Window
Through the Laundry Window
Monkey Bars
Monkey Bars
The Abattoir
The Abattoir
Prosperity
Prosperity
Silo
Silo
Small Shed
Small Shed
The Power Plant
The Power Plant
Gazebo
Gazebo
Barns
Barns
Wall Mural II
Wall Mural II
The Barns II
The Barns II
The Barns (BW)
The Barns (BW)
A Silent Playground
A Silent Playground
Wall Mural III
Wall Mural III
Ambulance
Ambulance
Fire Truck
Fire Truck
Power Plant in Winter
Power Plant in Winter
Power Plant Colour
Power Plant Colour
Vertical Decay
Vertical Decay
Power Plant in Winter II
Power Plant in Winter II
Hanging Out
Hanging Out
Played Out
Played Out