Morning Asylum Gate by sunliner500 on Flickr.
Traverse City State Hospital. This gate stands between the old asylum and the commuter parking lot for my job. For the OWA group — The Traverse City State Hospital was built around 1880, and served as a mental hospital for the entire state of Michigan until it closed somewhere in the late 1980’s. There’s a Flickr group for the State Hospital (check the link on the right sidebar) This is a gate leading to the back of Building 50 — one of the largest buildings I have ever seen, bar none — it’s got to be a quarter-mile long, and was the main building for the entire campus. In its heyday, the State Hospital was a self-sufficient community…it had a farm that grew its own livestock, and crops, and food; its own power plant, and repair shops, and a captive (pun intended) labor force to run it all. I even remember growing up, “being sent to Traverse City” was the same as being called crazy.

Morning Asylum Gate by sunliner500 on Flickr.

Traverse City State Hospital. This gate stands between the old asylum and the commuter parking lot for my job.

For the OWA group — The Traverse City State Hospital was built around 1880, and served as a mental hospital for the entire state of Michigan until it closed somewhere in the late 1980’s. There’s a Flickr group for the State Hospital (check the link on the right sidebar)

This is a gate leading to the back of Building 50 — one of the largest buildings I have ever seen, bar none — it’s got to be a quarter-mile long, and was the main building for the entire campus. In its heyday, the State Hospital was a self-sufficient community…it had a farm that grew its own livestock, and crops, and food; its own power plant, and repair shops, and a captive (pun intended) labor force to run it all.

I even remember growing up, “being sent to Traverse City” was the same as being called crazy.