Mount Pleasant State Hospital Essay

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The Mt. Pleasant State Hospital, located in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. The hospital was opened on February 26, 1861 under its original name of Iowa Lunatic Asylum. It was constructed between the years of 1855 and 1865. The asylum when it opened, became the first asylum that was public in Iowa. Mt. Pleasant also housed alcoholics and drug addicts. The hospital suffered through a harsh fire that occurred in 1936, where it destroyed almost all of the section where the administration was. They later began to build a much newer structure in the 20th century where now, not much of the original structure exists. Within the early years of the hospital, it was known as a custodial facility, where patients would be hospitalized for an extent period of time.
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