Central State Hospital

Central State Hospital (HM20EA)

Location: Indianapolis, IN 46222 Marion County
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N 39° 46.05', W 86° 12.639'

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People with mental illness were confined to jails and almshouses, often suffering neglect, before Dr. John Evans and local physicians advocated for their treatment; 1840s state laws established hospital here. In 1848, first patients admitted to Indiana Hospital for the Insane; treated for mental illness and addiction. Farm colony work and recreation used as therapy.
Side 2
Since hospital's opening, lack of funding and understaffing led to patient abuse and neglect; Superintendent Dr. Fletcher attempted to rectify this and burned patient restraints in a bonfire, 1883. Groundbreaking pathology lab opened 1896, served as state teaching hospital. Renamed Central State Hospital in 1927. Closed in 1994 with the goal of community-based care.
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HM NumberHM20EA
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Year Placed2016
Placed ByInstalled Indiana Historical Bureau, the Indiana Medical History Museum, and Reverie Estates
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 7:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 567607 N 4402250
Decimal Degrees39.76750000, -86.21065000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 46.05', W 86° 12.639'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 46' 2.9999999999998" N, 86° 12' 38.34" W
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Area Code(s)317, 312
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 202 Steeples Blvd, Indianapolis IN 46222, US
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