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Anybody here? [Jun. 13th, 2005|03:51 pm]
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Go read Mad in America by Robert Whitaker.
It's disturbing.
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(no subject) [Feb. 15th, 2005|07:46 pm]
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They are gone. All gone. It's sad really. And it's pathetic that I mourn over buildings. But I do. This is what was left of the very last of larger buildings. The whole other side was tore off and I was dying to get out there and go take some pictures of it but it was pouring.

But I got a chance to go back there today and it was gone. All gone. Nothing but heaps of rubble with heavy machinery pushing it around and breaking up the last of the bricks.
And even though it was raining like a mofo I and I was all by myself I couldn't resist and had to go in the other ones. With an umbrella in one hand and my camera in the other I had myself an adventure.
Come see?Collapse )
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More exploring [Feb. 3rd, 2005|08:27 pm]
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[mood |sleepysleepy]

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Vacation spot? [Feb. 3rd, 2005|08:12 pm]
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This site will have you exploring for a long time.
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(no subject) [Dec. 6th, 2004|01:44 pm]
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An adventure to Manteno State Hospital.

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Diversatech [Dec. 6th, 2004|02:36 am]
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Hey April, you should post those diversatech pics on her that were on your LJ a while ago.
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Northern Insane Asylum in Elgin (Elegin Mental Center?) [Nov. 6th, 2004|10:09 pm]
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Alton State Hospital (Mental Health Center)
Does anyone know if these are still up?

Sorry if the question has been posed before.
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(no subject) [Nov. 1st, 2004|09:09 am]
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Just wondering if anyone here has ever gotten together
for some exploring? It is something that I would love to do. I live on the North Side (in Chicago) and do not drive, but can hop on a train and contribute to gas and such...

Just a thought.

I am also curious as to what has peaked everyone's interest in asylums? Mine, was actually patient life, diagnosis, etc.
I also love old buildings, so I guess it was a natural progression.
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Bartonville Asylum for the Incurable Insane [Oct. 26th, 2004|02:57 pm]
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The Bartonville Asylum for the Incurable Insane (later changed to Peoria State Hospital) was started in 1902 and continued operation until 1972 when it was closed for good. In that time over 70,000 persons with varying degres of mental or physical problems came through it's doors, some ending up eventually in unmarked, numbered or named graves in one of it's four cemeteries. The property has 700 acres and over 20 of the original 33 buildings still intact so it's a treasure trove for ruins hunters. 4 members of my grandfather's family were sent here and never came home. Little by little it is being torn down but there is no definite schedule for complete destruction. It seems to be quite random. Underground rooms get filled in or steps get torn out. The power plant was sealed by the EPA in 2000 but it still stands. Underground steam tunnels still lead to the power plant. The inside of the main building is torn up by vandals and treasure hunters but intact. The doors are sealed over with sheet metal and chains but people manage to get in from time to time. The old kitchen/dining hall/store are accessible, just watch for workers from Blue Ridge Construction who own the place now. The cemeteries (4) are all completely accessable and in good shape. Hundreds of the headstones are tall with rounded tops and only bear a patient number because several of the names were unknown in the early days. Later they went to a pyramid shape with full names and more information and later still, they went to a flat, low rise rectangular stone. Dr. Anthony Zeller who ran the place for over 3 decades revolutionized care at State hospitals and pioneered the cottage system. Several other Illinois hospitals copied not only his style of care but also the architectural style of the hospital.

Front of Bowen Building

Front Porch and Up

Back Corner

Back of Bowen Building

Basement As shot through hole in foundation

Outside of Dining Hall/Kitchen/Store

Inside of Dining Room

Inside Company Store

Stairs up to Company Store

Back and Outside of Company Store

Walk-in Cooler in Kitchen

What's left of Front of Kitchen

Back and Inside of Kitchen

Steam Tunnel back of Kitchen

Mouldy Green Bricks in Kitchen

Laundry Area in back of Dining Hall

First Floor Hallway of Bowen Building

Front Porch of Bowen Building

Porch Detail

Retaining Wall back of Bowen

Windows and Eaves of Bowen Building

Soldier's Lot - Oldest Cemetery Used from 1903 until 1907

Oldest type of Headstones These are numbered

Stones Scattered About

Entrance to 2nd Cemetery Used from 1908 until 1916

Named Stone One of the only stones in the 2nd Cemetery with a name.

Inside 2nd Cemetery

Cemetery Tree Down near the base is a headstone. The tree has all but grown around it.

Cemeteries 3 & 4 Used from 1916 to 1973.This is actually Cemetery 3. Cemetery 4 contains several rows of the flat, low-rise stones which are all nearly buried in the grass. It sits behind where I was standing for this pic and is separated from this cemetary by a double row of trees, seen in the back of some of the other photos.

Leaning Headstone

Low Rise Headstone

Headstones at Sunset

Pyramid Style Headstone

Numbered Headstone

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MOVIES [Oct. 26th, 2004|12:23 pm]
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[mood |hungryhungry]
[music |cruncha muncha - lunch time]

If anyone has any movie recommendations regarding insane asylums or this type of subject matter, please post!!

Session 9 has already been mentioned.

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