Colorado State Hospital


     This is a historical look into the Colorado State Mental Hospital's past from the 1880's until 1962, when decentralization changed the way the State Hospital approached mental health. The Hospital had 5 superintendents throughout that time from drastically different backgrounds and upbringings that resulted in different approaches towards mental healthcare. The superintendents all published a Bi-ennial report on the hospital that detailed costs, patient comings and goings, and notable issues or changes to the hospital. These reports provide a wealth of detailed information on how the hospital was operated under each superintendent. Each superintendent lived in the Administration Building which is now the Colorado State Hospital Museum located on the original southern grounds.

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