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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

1956: From the Ashes

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.

Aerial view of State Hospital No. 1 after fire destroyed the 105 year-old Administration Building, 1956.
Fulton State Hospital
Aerial view of State Hospital No. 1 after fire destroyed the 105 year-old Administration Building, 1956.

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Missouri State ArchivesOffice of the Secretary of State, Missouri