Tuesday, August 25

Tombstone Tuesday: Topeka State Hospital

Sign on the north side of Outer Circle Drive, at north
end of the old Topeka State Hospital (insane asylum)
grounds. Graves are beyond the rise behind the sign.



Almost 1,200 lost souls are buried beyond and to the left
of the two monuments listing their names alphabetically.
Inmates' remains not claimed by their families were interred
here, with only 14 having individual tombstones or markers.

Names and dates of death for all TSH burials
can be searched at Find A Grave.

A historic example of Victorian architecture, the TSH
administration building barely escaped the wrecking
ball, but awaits restoration to its former glory.

In its heyday, the charm of those turrets and balconies belied the
horrors in store for those unfortunate enough to be committed.


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4 comments:

Dorene from Ohio said...

I love the photo of the Administration Building!

Dorene from Ohio said...

I love the photo of the Administration Building!

The Poet Laura-eate said...

What am amazing Victorian building.

Like the way the cemetary is laid out too.

I wonder how many of the dead are botched experiements in early psycho-surgery. The deaths caused by lobotomy experimentation were apparently never fully catalogued.

Becky Jamison said...

I learned yesterday that my Grandaunt died at the Topeka State Hospital from Tuberculosis so I've been researching it online. I'm happy to find your post and the great pictures. I'm getting ready to post my story of her on my genealogy blog 'Grace and Glory' at http://beckysgraceandglory.blogspot.com.