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The Haunting of Eastern State Hospital
Medical Lake, Washington

Posted by Hauntings Admin on 10/17/2012

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About Eastern State Hospital

Eastern State Hospital

Medical Lake, Washington

Eastern State Hospital was opened in the spring of 1891 as a psychiatric hospital serving both men and women. It has 312 beds and it is accredited with the Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO).

The facility was originally created to help alleviate the problem of overcrowding at its sister site, Western State Hospital. The structure was four stories tall and 400 feet long. Treatment of patients was often cruel in its early days of operation. The site of the hospital was chosen because it was close to the train station in Cheney, Washington, it had a good drinking water supply and the lake near the hospital was believed to have healing properties.

Initially, Eastern State functioned primarily to remove mentally ill patients from society and protect the interests of the community. Patients were treated with a variety of experimental therapies such as exorcism and prayer, physical restraint, shock therapy, and other unpalatable punishments in its early days of operation. There were severe overcrowding and understaffing issues.

Other Related Haunts:

Northern State Hospital in  Sedro Woolley, WA

Western State Lunatic Asylum in Tacoma, WA

Martha Washington School for Insane Girls, Seattle, WA

Resources:

Wikipedia (2012). Eastern State Hospital. Retrieved October 17, 2012 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_State_Hospital_%28Washington%29

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