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Seven Gates of Hell

Trout Run Rd, York, Pennsylvania 17406 USA

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“beware the infamous 7 gates of hell”

There are two popular versions of the myth, with numerous variants of each. One states that a mental institution used to be located on either Toad Road or Trout Run Road, depending on the source, in Hellam Township, Pennsylvania.  It was erected in a remote location so as to isolate people deemed insane from the rest of the world. One day in the 1800s, a fire broke out and, due to its remoteness, firefighters could not reach the hospital in time to save it. Many patients died in the flames, while others escaped and were soon beaten to death. The gates' role in the story is disputed. Some say that the gates were put up by the local search party to trap the remaining inmates. Others say that, completely unrelated to the asylum story, an eccentric physician who lived on the property built several gates along a path deep into the forest. Both accounts agree on only one gate being visible during the day, but the other six can be seen at night. According to the legend, no one has ever passed the fifth gate, but if they passed all seven, they would go directly to hell. Another story about the gates of hell is of a man in the 1950s who murdered his wife and children with a shot gun and impaled their corpses on the spikes of one of the gates. Before the house was torn down, bullet holes were visible in the garage door and in the wall on the side of the house where the garage door was located.

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Reviewed by
benjerman

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  • 5 Helpful
October 31, 2013

Though I've never been here at night, I've spent a lot of time in the woods around this area and there's nothing haunted about it.
It *is* worth noting that the "gates" are on private property and the property owners do not take kindly to people trespassing.

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carolyn.lueders

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  • 0 Helpful
June 15, 2016

Where is it plze

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Greg Newkirk

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September 16, 2014
Rated 3.0

I went looking for these gates when I was sixteen, and while I found the first set of gates, all we did was get lost in the woods looking for the rest. The locals swear the other six gates remain, but I have a feeling that it might just be the regional equivalent of a "Snipe Hunt".

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BrennaHanes

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June 15, 2016

this is located in York County, PA according to Google

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Seven Gates of Hell

Trout Run Rd
York, Pennsylvania
17406 USA

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