After the rampfest my daughter and I made a beeline to visit the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. She had never seen it so we took a quick trip and she will certainly be returning with The Chef to take a tour. This place amazes me. Here is a bit of information about it:
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, constructed between 1858 and 1881, is
the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America, and is
purportedly the second largest in the world, next to the Kremlin. It was
designed by the renowned architect Richard Andrews following the
Kirkbride plan, which called for long rambling wings arranged in a
staggered formation, assuring that each of the connecting structures
received an abundance of therapeutic sunlight and fresh air. The
original hospital, designed to house 250 souls, was open to patients in
1864 and reached its peak in the 1950's with 2,400 patients in
overcrowded and generally poor conditions. Changes in the treatment of
mental illness and the physical deterioration of the facility forced its
closure in 1994 inflicting a devastating effect on the local economy,
from which it has yet to recover.
This is the tuberculosis building.
It's hard to imagine that it closed as recently as 1994.
It may seem macabre to some but it is part of the history of this country. Come to think of it, this current political situation makes me want to be admitted.
A patient undergoing electroshock therapy.
This group of traveling doctors went all over America lobotomizing patients. They are the ones that performed the badly botched lobotomy on the Kennedy sister.
They placed you on a table and made you sing and they basically hammered an ice pick into your brain until you stopped singing. Then they were done.
These crates were used not only in the hospital but also to transport patients from their homes to the hospital by train.
The tour guides dress in nurse and orderly attire.