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Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery

IMG_3666Western State Hospital is the largest psychiatric hospital west of the Mississippi and is located on Steilacoom Boulevard in Lakewood, WA. It was originally named Fort Steilacoom Asylum when it opened in 1871 at the site of an army post. More than 3,000 patients are buried at the Western State Hospital State Historic Cemetery though not all of them have grave markers with their name and dates on it. Some have a small, concrete numbered block as a marker, which was originally considered proper because of the stigma of mental health concerns. The cemetery, which is located on the grounds of Fort Steilacoom Park (formerly former the hospital farm), ceased having burials in 1953. The Grave Concerns Association is a volunteer organization dedicated to the restoration of the cemetery.

Benjamin Hooper was one of the earliest burials. Benjamin (1792-1891) was the first patient admitted to the Western Territories Asylum for the Insane on 8/19/1871.

And a shout out to Shelley, who had the brilliant idea to go visit and was bold enough to drive all over Western State Hospital grounds looking for the cemetery (that was on the other side of the road!). I can hardly wait until we go to the Western State Hospital Museum!

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Tacoma Mausoleum

10525464875_c0230f91b8_bLast Sunday I went to visit the Tacoma Mausoleum. The hours listed were until 5, but it was closed at 4. It While it was locked, there was a window broken out (darn vandals), so I carefully aimed my camera through the opening. The sign inside the building states that the first unit was constructed in 1910, the second in 1917 and the third in 1925.

Their website is here.

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Tacoma Cemetery


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In honor of Halloween, we went to the Tacoma Cemetery, but found that it isn’t at all scary, but instead is lovely and peaceful. Some of the trees, like the Japanese Maple in the photo, are amazingly beautiful and the place is well tended. Their website says the cemetery was founded in 1874 and that many famous people from Tacoma are buried there. The cemetery is located at 4801 South Tacoma Way.


One of the people buried at Tacoma Cemetery is Ernest Lister, who served on the Tacoma City Council and was the 8th govenor of Washington State.  Lister Elementary School in Tacoma is named after Ernest Lister and his brother Alfred Lister.   http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6882659