New Mexico State Hospital
Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico
(formerly Las Vegas Medical Center)
(now) New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute
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The story of desecration at The State Hospital Patient Cemetery
A heartbreaking example of cemetery disregard

Photos and data provided by
The Mental Health Association of New Mexico
Copyright C. W. Barnum

Photo Essay

 A surviving headstone

Dilapidated fence and gate

Cattle Gate


Cattle dung on a surviving Grave

Destroyed grave marker


Rotting wooden marker

Cattle roaming in cemetery

Damaged Headstone

Deteriorated fence line

Summer View

Winter View

Volunteers attempting to locate damaged grave sites