Ruston State School

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Ruston State School
Construction Began 1942
Opened 1958
Closed 2010
Current Status Closed
Building Style Cottage Plan
Location Ruston, LA
Alternate Names
  • Ruston Developmental Center
  • Northeast Support and Services Center


Originally constructed as a WAC (Women’s Army Corps) in 1942. From June 1943 until August 1946 is operated as a POW camp, it's peak population hitting over 4,000. After the war, the property was turned over to the state & operated as a tuberculosis hospital until 1958. At that time it became a developmental center. It was announced in March 2010 that the center would close at the end of the year.