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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 N. Cameron Street US 22 0.2 miles north of Maclay St., on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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); a different marker also named Camp Curtin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Reily Hose Company No. 10 (approx. 0.8 miles away); State Arsenal (approx. 0.9 miles away); Simon Cameron School (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Also see . . .
Main Building of Pennsylvania State Hospital image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
2. Main Building of Pennsylvania State Hospital
 Dorothea Dix by Jenn Bumb. (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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.

 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkScience & Medicine
 
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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,451 times since then and 85 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.
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