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Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Harrisburg State Hospital

 
 
Harrisburg State Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Harrisburg State Hospital Marker
Inscription.  The first State mental hospital in Pennsylvania. Opened in 1851, a result of efforts by the noted humanitarian, Dorothea Lynde Dix, to improve this State's treatment of the mentally ill. The hospital is on the wooded hills east of this marker, overlooking the city.
 
Erected 1987 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 17.085′ N, 76° 52.863′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is on North Cameron Street (U.S. 22) 0.2 miles north of Maclay Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg PA 17110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pennsylvania Farm Show (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Curtin (approx. half a mile away); The Ladies Of Harrisburg During The Civil War (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Curtin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Camp Curtin Memorial-Mitchell United Methodist Church
Main Building of Pennsylvania State Hospital image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
2. Main Building of Pennsylvania State Hospital
(approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Curtin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Camp Curtin Fire Company No. 13 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Additional comments.
1. Hospital Closed
The Harrisburg State Hospital was closed early in 2006. Government offices still occupy some of the buildings as the final disposition of the property is considered.
    — Submitted May 17, 2008, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

 
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The intricately carved datestone on the Administration Building. image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, September 2, 2007
3. The intricately carved datestone on the Administration Building.
The hospital chapel. image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, September 2, 2007
4. The hospital chapel.
Dixmont Cottage. image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, September 2, 2007
5. Dixmont Cottage.
National Register Plaque on one of the buildings in the complex image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 2, 2019
6. National Register Plaque on one of the buildings in the complex
Harrisburg State Hospital
opened October 6, 1851
has been placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places

by the United States
Department of the Interior
 

More. Search the internet for Harrisburg State Hospital.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,564 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 22, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3, 4, 5. submitted on May 17, 2008, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on August 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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