State Insane Asylum, Salem, Oregon (Historic Asylums)

State Insane Asylum

Salem, Oregon

Established 1883

The first state mental hospital in Oregon, the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, was opened with the admission of 320 patients. The first legislative authorization for the construction of the hospital was passed on October 25, 1880. Before construction of the state mental hospital, Oregonians with mental illness were cared for in a private mental hospital in Portland at state expense.

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