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Bowling Green in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lunatic Asylum 1885

 
 
Lunatic Asylum 1885 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2021
1. Lunatic Asylum 1885 Marker
Inscription.  The language used to describe those considered mentally ill in the 1800s included words like lunatic, idiotic, insane, or epileptic. Modern interpretation of mental illness requires placing labels in historical context or understanding the reasons that influenced the ideas of the past. The words "lunatic asylum” were common for the late 1800s and use in modern context is not meant to imply negativity.

Prior to the construction of a new lunatic asylum, people considered insane lived in a dilapidated structure overlooking the hog barn. Starting in 1883, the Wood County Commissioners began the process of accepting bids from local contractors to construct a separate new building for the insane; however, decisions were hindered by cost and the project was put on hold for nearly two years. In the end, Superintendent Edwin Farmer was made manager of the construction and the lunatic asylum opened to inmates in late 1885.

The Ohio State Board of Charities worked with Wood County officials to perfect the process of managing those considered insane. A Warrant to Convey was issued for a person considered insane and a
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judge determined if specific treatment was needed. If the insanity exceeded the capabilities of the infirmary staff, the person was sent to a state run mental hospital.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
 
Location. 41° 21.038′ N, 83° 36.994′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker is on County Home Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowling Green OH 43402, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pest House (a few steps from this marker); Pestilence House 1933 (a few steps from this marker); Wood County Infirmary (a few steps from this marker); Wood County Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Wood County Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Boiler House, 1898 (within shouting distance of this marker); Construction Of Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Brandeberry Wall (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
 
Lunatic Asylum 1885 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2021
2. Lunatic Asylum 1885 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 431 times since then and 134 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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