Northern State Hospital

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Northern State Hospital
Northern State Hospital
Established 1909
Construction Began 1912
Closed 1973
Current Status Closed
Building Style Cottage Plan
Alternate Names
  • Northern State Hospital for the Insane
  • Northern State Hospital for the Criminally Insane


Northern State Hospital for the Insane opened in 1909. By 1912 it housed 113 patients. These initial patients were all males who worked on the grounds making posts, shingle bolts, and gardening. The death ratio at that time was less than 3% per year. At that time, patients remained hospitalized until their death. Northern State chose to build a crematorium to take care of the needs of those without families. Hospital closed in 1976 and now parts of the facility are used for Job Corps & also a Drug Rehab.