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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Trans- Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is situated at Asylum Drive, Weston, West Virginia in United States. In the 19th century society in United States began to shift its views on treatment of individuals with mental issues and challenges. In the middle of the century Thomas Kirkbride developed a theory of construction of a Sanatorium with supportive and curative environment for the patients. Over 300 such facilities were constructed across the country. Trans- Allegheny Sanatorium became one such facility.

 

 

 

Location: Asylum Drive, Weston, WV   Map

Constructed: 1858-1881

Area: 26.5 acres (10.7 ha)

Closed: May 1994

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History of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

History of Trans- Allegheny Lunatic Asylum started in the early 1850's when the Virginia General Assembly authorized construction of the medical facility. This massive, now abandoned, medical complex was designed by architect Richard Andrews and constructed in 1858-1881 to house people with psychological deviations and mental retardations. Outbreak of the Civil War caused serious issues with funds for construction. It was renamed West Virginia Hospital for the Insane and in 1864 the facility accepted its first residents. It became the largest hand cut stone masonry building in North America that could house over 250 patients. However in the middle of 1950's at its peak the hospital was overcrowded with over 2400 patients. It was closed on May 1994, but many people claim that the souls of the dead still haunt this place. Asylum is currently available for historic tours as well as paranormal investigations during day time as well as night time.

 

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