This is a special edition of the SWPA Blog.
Here at The SWPARE blog, we try to explore and chronicle the local aspects of South Western Pennsylvania and the close by areas, and we usually like don't like to stray from this ideal, but occasionally we stumble upon something out of the immediate area that deserves to be blogged about, and this is the case here. We've been planning on making another site just for these types of places, but Chip and I (Danielle is the only responsible one), are sort of the kings of procrastination.
I'm up here working on a project in Commack Long Island, NY, and I needed a few beers to watch the Steeler game on (see, there is a SWPA connection here), I pulled up the Bing Maps to research this important topic and saw THIS. Directly across from the hotel, so I could not resist a side trip.
I walked on over and was greeted my a few signs.
A block up, this.
Like most signs, I took this as a suggestion only and continued on, as it was an early Sunday and I looked harmless.
>>Small side bar, when I got back and researched this place, I ran across this BLOG in which the author describes a run in w/ police and them destroying some of his film and erasing his camera.<<
Apparently, this Pilgrim State Hospital, opened in 1931, was once the largest of its type in the world. You can read the details HERE.
They still use this facility on a greatly downsized measure now, but by looking at the above linked BING map, you can see how large this place once was. The following pictures show a few of the remaining original buildings. I only had the cell phone camera w/ me, and the sun wasn't w/ me, so some of the pictures aren't the best, sorry.
|Brick Water Tower|
|Inside Water Tower|
|Debris Field from razed buildings|
|Empty tree lined streets|
|Looking up into the water tower|
So, after I posted this, did some more research and found the cemetery's location....took these shots and some video. I was sort of amazed at just how large it actually was. I read 10 acres. If you died, and no one claimed you, you wound up here. It was said that at least one patient died every day here.