Evanston in Uinta County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Wyoming State Hospital
The first building, completed in 1887, contained male and female wards, offices and staff living quarters. It burned in 1917. The remaining buildings at the north end of the grounds – all of red brick and of similar architectural styles – were constructed between 1910 and 1932. These buildings are linked by underground tunnels used to transport patients and meals during Wyoming's cold winters. Tree-studded lawns, created in the late 1910s, were intended to produce a serene landscape for patients. The legislature stipulated that the hospital grounds consist of at least 100 acres so the land could be farmed to produce income to offset expenses. The hospital maintained a large farming operation at the southern end of the campus. Patients and staff raised cattle, sheep, chickens, and hay and vegetable gardens. The farm produced food for the kitchen and, in some years, considerable surplus to sell.
In the 1950s and 1960s, new drugs and community - based treatment for the mentally ill greatly reduced the hospital's patient population.
Location. 41° 15.853′ N, 110° 57.012′ W. Marker is in Evanston, Wyoming, in Uinta County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 150. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 831 Wyoming 150 South, Evanston WY 82930, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Highway — Sunset Cabins (approx. half a mile away); Evanston (approx. half a mile away); First Brick Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Uinta County Courthouse (approx. 0.8 miles away); Evanston Downtown Historic District (approx. 0.8 miles away); Uinta County Library (Carnegie Library) 1906 (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Path Well-Traveled (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wyoming's Sagebrush Sea (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Evanston.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. This page has been viewed 1,147 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 5, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. 6. submitted on October 11, 2010. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.