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    During my travels through Long Island, NY this past weekend with my new GPS buddy tomtom, I happened to be driving on this long winding road in what seemed like the middle of nowhere... Once I hit an intersection, over to my left a huge creepy brick building stuck out like a soar thumb high above the tree lines...

    Only later did I learn more of what it was...


    Kings Park Psychiatric Center
    The Kings Park Lunatic Asylum was established in 1885 on more than 800 acres. Fifty-five patients were moved into three wooden houses. However, as more buildings were constructed, patients came to fill them. In the beginning, almost half of the employees were Irish immigrants. The state took over control of the facility in 1895 due to complaints of patronage and waste of resources from the staff and public. The name was changed to Kings Park State Hospital.

    A self-sufficient farm community was established, providing work for thousands of staff members and nurses. In addition, an average of seventy percent of the patients worked various jobs on the hospital grounds. In 1900, the hospital housed 2,697 patients and 454 staff members, giving the hospital a larger population than the Town of Smithtown. There were over 150 permanent buildings, including a laundry, bakery, library, nursing school, recreation hall, bandstand, and many repair and construction shops. Kings Park constructed its own railroad spurs in order to bring in coal and supplies from the LIRR line. KPPC's mentally ill population peaked in 1954 with 9,300 patients.




    Fucking creepy looking place... Wanted to go back this morning before leaving to take some pictures, but the wife squelched that idea real quick...



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    http://s.albalux.com/webpage/main.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kings_P...hiatric_Center
    http://www.lioddities.com/Asylums/Kings_Park/index.html
    http://www.dangrabbit.com/photography/KPPC
    http://www.chiprjones.com/kppc/kppc.htm
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    Thanks for this guys. Really interesting. Although that building looks creepy.
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    I find this fascinating that such a "community" for the mentally disabled existed. But why doesn't anybody in these videos address what happened to the patients as modern psychiatric methods and privatized healthcare systems came in and the buiildings became obsolete?
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    Someone came across Opacity.us . I knew it the first second I saw the pictures. Mott's photography is something else really. And yeah, creepy decayed asylums totally do it for me.

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    very creepy. Great find!
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