A moving, respectful tour of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

“‘If only these walls could talk!’

The thought occurs to me as I’m led down the long, gloomy corridors of the building known as the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, which housed thousands of patients over its 130-year history as a hospital for people with mental illnesses and disabilities.”

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The Washington Post, May 26, 2018

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  1. Jim, I really enjoyed reading your article on the “Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum”. My great-great grandmother died at the hospital back in 1932. Her death record shows she died of tuberculosis so I assume that is the reason for her stay there. I would be interested in finding out for sure and find out when she entered the facility but I guess here medical records are not there anymore. I saw that your tour guide’s name was “Lowther”. Oddly enough, that was the last name of my gr-gr grandmother’s mother-in-law! I was thinking about taking the Heritage tour along with the cemetery tour, would you recommend both?

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