Topeka state Hospital opened in 1872, with rumors of horrible abuse shortly after opening. Rumors included rapes and patients confined in straps for so long that their skin began to grow around the straps. Closed in 1997 its cemetery holds1,157 individuals.
abandoned state hospital, casket and grave markers. wow..I went to the link and just spent a lot of time looking at wonderful pictures of abandoned buildings, homes, etc. Stunning and thought-provoking. <3
Columbus Mental Health TICO Cemetary 'Specimens' grave. 'But the creepiest thing about the asylum cemetery is the presence of two gravestones marked simply SPECIMENS. What the hell are specimens? They must have been human at one time, or they wouldn't have bothered with interment. Maybe they had medical school labs at the old hospital. Whatever the reason, the specimens gravestones are just plain bizarre.'
Work began on the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum at the end of 1858. Constructed by prison laborers, building was interrupted when the Civil War broke out in 1861. Although the money allocated for finishing the asylum was stolen and used for war efforts, the hospital was completed with funds from the newly reorganized US government and it accepted its first patients in 1864. The hospital was designed to be completely self-contained: it had a dairy and farm, a cemetery, and water system. It…
Asylum: Inside the Haunting World of 19th-Century Mental Hospitals