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From the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare web page: Danville State Hospital for the mentally ill, located one mile southeast of Danville, Pennsylvania, was incorporated on April 13, 1869. In October 1872, three years after the cornerstone of the Block Building was laid, Danville State Hospital
formally was opened. By September 30, 1873, 138 male and 72 female patients had been admitted for treatment. Other maintenance buildings had been erected by this time in order to increase the size and services of the facility.