1849: A Commodious House
1855: Early Obstacles
1865-1875: A Period of Rebuilding
1880-1925: The Hospital Expands
1925-1940: Continued Growth
1900: A Self-Sufficient Community
1956: From the Ashes
1937: Biggs Center for the Criminally Insane
1984: End of the Farm
On March 14, 1956, the hospital's administration building burned in a spectacular fire witnessed by nearby residents. Efforts to remove patients from the blaze resulted in an enduring and humorous story. Exhausted staff accidentally locked two local women, who had been helping, in with hospital patients. When one tried to explain to those holding her that she was a newspaper reporter, the staff thought she was delusional, since that was an unusual job for a woman at the time. All ended well, though. The women were finally released, and a new administration building opened in 1958.
Fulton State Hospital
|Aerial view of State Hospital No. 1 after fire destroyed the 105 year-old Administration Building, 1956.