Sunday, June 2, 2013

State Journal: New Headstones on Old Graves Outside Idaho State Hospital South

Posted By on Sun, Jun 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

State Hospital South was formally known as the Idaho Insane Asylum.
  • State Hospital South was formally known as the Idaho Insane Asylum.

Headstones have been placed in a southeastern Idaho cemetery to mark the graves of 120 former patients of State Hospital South near Blackfoot.

The Idaho State Journal reports that the 127-year-old hospital, formally known as the Idaho Insane Asylum, housed patients for years or until they passed away. The cemetery holds more than 1,000 graves. So far, 165 have been given grave markers.

"They deserve respect and dignity," hospital administrator Tracey Sessions told the Journal, adding that each granite and concrete headstone cost $74. "We're looking for more opportunities [to raise funds]."

Hospital officials said patients from the hospital, including those being treated for mental illness, demntia, epilepsy and tuberculosis, were buried in unmarked graves between the 1880s and the 1980s. Approximately 860 graves await headstones.

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