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Lakewood in Pierce County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery, 1876-1953
 
Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery, 1876-1953 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Beth Bowen, February 27, 2010
1. Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery, 1876-1953 Marker
 
Inscription. Over 3,200 psychiatric patients from Western State Hospital were buried here from 1876 to 1953. Since then, burial has been elsewhere. The graves are marked with numbers for privacy reasons and the stigma of mental illness. These people worked on the award winning hospital farm and in other hospital areas and called the hospital "home". They were mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, children and many were veterans.

May they rest in peace, with dignity and respect.
 
Erected 2003 by Pierce County Parks and Recreation, Lakewood Historical Society and The State of Washington.
 
Location. 47° 10.436′ N, 122° 33.536′ W. Marker is in Lakewood, Washington, in Pierce County. Marker is on Dresden Lane South West 0.1 miles north of Angle Lane South West, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Next to the off leash dog park, across from the big red historical barns. Marker is in this post office area: Lakewood WA 98498, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Military Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Two-Story Log House (approx. 1.9 miles away); Lakewood Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); 36th Airlift Squadron Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); Loadmasters Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); POW/MIA Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); F-16 Fighting Falcon (approx. 4.4 miles away); Douglas C-124C Globemaster II (approx. 4.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lakewood.
 
Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery, 1876-1953 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Beth Bowen, February 27, 2010
2. Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery, 1876-1953 Marker
 

 
Additional keywords. Fort Steilacoom
 
Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery, 1876-1953 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Doug White, September 9, 2011
3. Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery, 1876-1953 Marker
Memorial marker added 2010 with wreath donated by Doug White for Remembrance Ceremony, September 19m, 2011.
 
 
Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery, 1876-1953 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Beth Bowen, February 27, 2010
4. Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery, 1876-1953 Marker
 
 
Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery, 1876-1953 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Beth Bowen, February 27, 2010
5. Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery, 1876-1953 Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 27, 2010, by Beth Bowen of Lakewood, Washington. This page has been viewed 2,126 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 27, 2010, by Beth Bowen of Lakewood, Washington.   3. submitted on September 10, 2011, by Laurel Lemke of Lakewood, Washingtno.   4, 5. submitted on February 27, 2010, by Beth Bowen of Lakewood, Washington. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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