United States Northern State Hospital

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Arnie Lund

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Northern State Hospital is a historic hospital campus in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. It was once the largest facility for mentally ill people in the State of Washington. It was established in 1909, and the landscaping was designed by the Olmstead Brothers (who designed New York City’s Central Park, and many of Seattle’s most iconic parks). It closed its doors in 1976, and for years looked like ghost town. Indeed, some claimed it was haunted by those who died there. Some buildings were torn down, some have been refurbished for other uses, and some are just deteriorating and are being reclaimed by nature. The landscaped portion, the diversity of buildings, and the other uses the land is being put to offer a variety of photographic opportunities.

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