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Kalamazoo State Hospital
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
N 42° 16.713 W 085° 36.132
16T E 615257 N 4681649
Quick Description: Located at the entrance of the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital, on the west side of Oakland Avenue, between Howard and Cass Streets. Parking available. The water tower in the center of the complex makes the hospital look a little like a castle.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 5/1/2007 7:32:56 PM
Waymark Code: WM1G3W
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member "Paws"itraction
Views: 162

Long Description:
Until the 1840s the mentally ill received little therapy and often were neglected. Upon recommendation of Governor Epaphroditus Ransom, the legislature, in 1848, established Michigan's first state institution for the treatment of mental patients. Kalamazoo was chosen as the site in 1850. Construction of the first building began in 1854, but it was not completed for five years. The first patient was admitted on April 23, 1859. The superintendent, Dr. Edwin H. Van Dusen, anticipated many methods of treatment that later won general acceptance. Linda Richards, America's first trained nurse, was superintendent of nurses here, 1906-1909. This hospital was the first in Michigan to open an out-patient psychiatric clinic and to begin a home-boarding program. Adoption in 1910 of the name Kalamazoo State Hospital, replacing the original name, Michigan Asylum for the Insane, symbolized a new concept of mental illness.
Historical Date: 04/23/1859

Historical Name: Epaphroditus Ransom, Dr. Edwin H. Van Dusen, Linda Richards

Parking nearby?: yes

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website: [Web Link]

Registered Site #: State Site #0244

Description: Not listed

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