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Tour Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, a haunted National Landmark | Roadtrippers - Maps Built for Travelers

There's tons of abandoned asylums dotted throughout the USA — remnants of a time when mental health was still something misunderstood by medical professionals, and where many of the treatments were truly barbaric. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, WV was one of those facilities. Construction on the building began in 1858, and continued until 1861 when it was interrupted by the beginning of the Civil War. The building, which was designed in the Kirkbride Plan style, was…

From the Brockhaus and Efron Encyclopedic Dictionary by Double--M, via Flickr. Published in Imperial Russia, 1890-1907.

Images from the Brockhaus and Efron Encyclopedic Dictionary, published in Russia,1890-1907. Most images best viewed in the original (largest) size. The book copyright has expired, so these images are in the public domain.

A little way outside the city, set back amongst trees and foot hills sits a building known only as 'The Asylum'. It is home to those whose minds have fled, who can no longer be a part of civilised society and sometimes even the criminally insane. It has been noted however that no patients have ever left, and there always seems to be space for more. Find out more at patreon/com/tomcartos. #tomcartos #battlemap #map #ttrpg #dnd #dungeonsanddragons #pathfinder #5e #free #vtt #asylum #prison #jail

A little way outside the city, set back amongst trees and foot hills sits a building known only as 'The Asylum'. It is home to those whose minds have fled, who can no longer be a part of civilised society and sometimes even the criminally insane. It has been noted however that no patients have ever left, and there always seems to be space for more. Find out more at patreon/com/tomcartos. #tomcartos #battlemap #map #ttrpg #dnd #dungeonsanddragons #pathfinder #5e #free #vtt #asylum #prison…

Not originally published in LIFE. Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY, 1938.

Alfred Eisenstaedt's photos from Pilgrim State Hospital in the late 1930s blended clear-eyed reporting with an almost palpable compassion.