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Stockton in San Joaquin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Stockton Developmental Center

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, February 8, 2009
1. Stockton Developmental Center Marker
Inscription.  The Stockton Developmental Center was established in 1853 as the Insane Asylum of California, the first of several state asylums. Stockton’s founder, Charles M. Weber, donated half of the 100 acre site. It was one of the first facilities of its kind in the western U.S. and played a major role in developing California’s mental health system. In the early 1970’s, the focus of the center shifted from treating patients with mental disabilities to training people with developmental disabilities. This served to spearhead the movement to provide services outside the institutional setting. The Stockton Developmental Center was closed in 1996
 
Erected 1996 by The State Department of Parks and Recreation, the Stockton Developmental Center and the State Department of Developmental Services. (Marker Number 1016.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmark series list.
 
Location. 37° 57.862′ N, 121° 
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By Syd Whittle, February 8, 2009
2. Stockton Developmental Center Marker
17.2′ W. Marker is in Stockton, California, in San Joaquin County. The site is now the location of California State University – Stanislaus Stockton, and the marker is located at Union Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 East Magnolia Street, Stockton CA 95202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Magnolia Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Temple Israel Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Weber Primary School (approx. half a mile away); Stockton Vietnam War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium (approx. half a mile away); Stockton Veterans Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Remember Pearl Harbor (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stockton City Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stockton.
 
Regarding Stockton Developmental Center. This site was designated as California Historical Landmark No. 1016 on March 10, 1995.
 
Additional comments.
1. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.1016 on March 10, 1995.
Statement of Significance:
The Stockton Developmental Center began in 1853 as the Insane Asylum of California at Stockton. It was founded on 100 acres with ready access to the goldfields on land donated by Captain Charles Weber, founder
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By Syd Whittle, February 8, 2009
3. Stockton Developmental Center Marker
of Stockton. California’s Legislature was convinced that the turbulence of the Gold Rush had caused many to suffer from mental problems, and that the existing hospitals were inadequate to cope with large numbers of people with mental and emotional conditions. Consequently it authorized the establishment of the Stockton Hospital, the first public hospital in California to serve the mentally ill. California’s mental hospital is one of the oldest in the west, and early on was recognized for its progressive forms of treatment.
    — Submitted February 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
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4. Stockton Developmental Center
Source: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~asylums/stockton_ca/index.html
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,930 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on March 10, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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