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Dixmont State Hospital Cemetery
N 40 31.509 W 080 06.681
17T E 575271 N 4486425

In Kilbuck Township, PA, this cemetery, still owned by the state, contains about 1300 graves with nothing but a number on a simple stone marking each sight.

Dixmont Hospital was a mental institution named after Dorothea Dix, a famous mental health rights activist. Construction started in 1856 and its doors opened in 1862. In 1984 they closed their doors and soon after, buildings started coming down. The property, covering close to 400 acres, was like a small town! Today, all that is left is the cemetery.

Most of the patients were buried in wicker coffins and pine boxes. The graves were dug in straight lines, but today, the lines aren't so straight. They have slowly been sliding a little too!
Added by: Dan Convery #46800076
1/04/2012
 
 
 
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