The Oregon State Hospital is the custodian of the cremated remains of almost 3,500 people who died from 1914 to 1970 while living at the following state facilities:
• Oregon State Hospital, Salem, OR
• Oregon State Tuberculosis Hospital, Salem, OR
• Mid-Columbia Hospital, Oregon
• Dammasch State Hospital, Wilsonville, OR
• Oregon State Penitentiary, Salem, OR
• Fairview Training Center, Salem, OR
The cremated remains of these people have never claimed by their families. At one time the hospital had a memorial fountain with underground vaults that served as a columbarium for the cremains. After a few years water damage and leaks forced the hospital to remove the metal containers. As of 2012, all remnants of the memorial fountain no longer exist.
As part of the hospital’s continuous improvement project, a new patient memorial is currently slated to open sometime in 2012. The new memorial will honor these people as well as house their cremains. The State of Oregon still views themselves as a temporary caretaker for the cremains. The hope is that all of the cremains will be claimed by family. Further information with a complete listing of names and the process to claim cremated remains can be found at the Oregon State Hospital website.
GPS Coordinates: 44.93906, -123.00758
- Added: 16 May 2011
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2402232
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