Toledo in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Toledo State Hospital Old Cemetery, 1888-1922
Toledo State Hospital opened in January 1888 as the Toledo Asylum for the Insane. Originally located immediately south of this cemetery, the hospital was designed to function as a self-contained community for 650 people. Patients lived in large cottages, surrounded by a post office, church, library, male and female hospital, strong wards, bakery, and dining hall. People were admitted with mild to severe forms of mental illness, and a variety of other disabling conditions, including developmental, medical or neurological, as well as for addictions, injuries, and old age. Work became a form of treatment, with patients involved in construction, farming, laundry, and other jobs to help maintain the hospital. Patients could also participate in recreational activities from gardening to playing in the hospital band. The State Hospital became home for many, as hospitalization could last a lifetime, often spanning decades. (continued on other side)
[Reverse Side of Marker] : "The Toledo State Hospital Old Cemetery, 1888-1922"
(continued from other side) Upon death, some were buried in one of the two State Hospital cemeteries. This was due either to a lack of resources, or at the family's request. Over 900
Erected 2010 by The University of Toledo and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 56-48.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 37.403′ N, 83° 36.115′ W. Marker is in Toledo, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on Arlington Avenue 0.3 miles west of South Detroit Avenue (U.S. 24), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2332 Arlington Avenue, Toledo OH 43614, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Toledo State Hospital New Cemetery, 1922-1973 (approx. ¾ mile away); The Toledo Zoo / Toledo's Canals (approx. one mile away); Medical College of Ohio (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Toledo Zoo / The New Deal in Toledo (approx. 1.2 miles away); Art Tatum (approx. 3 miles away); Lucas County Children's Home (approx. 3.2 miles away); Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad (approx. 3.3 miles away); Toledo Museum of Art (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toledo.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,411 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 17, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 6, 7. submitted on May 19, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.