Osawatomie, Kansas: Mental Hospital GraveyardNumbers rather than names mark hundreds of gravestones of patients who died at the now-closed state mental hospital.
- Hwy 279, Osawatomie, KS
- Northeast of town. From US Hwy 169 exit onto Hwy 279/343rd St. Turn west. Drive a quarter-mile. You'll see a little pull-off for the cemetery on the right.
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Kansas State Hospital Patient Cemetery
The Kansas State Hospital used to be known as the state insane asylum. The old building is vacant with many broken windows and maybe even a cemetery of deceased patients that we stumbled upon.[Rose, 11/29/2016]
346 headstones are in the cemetery, which are easy to count because nearly all of them are inscribed with only big numbers, not names. Patients were buried in the cemetery from the 1860s to the 1950s.