New marker memorialize patients of Utah’s first asylum

July 4, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Advocates have unveiled a marker to memorialize patients who died in Utah’s first asylum.

KSL-TV reports the stone plaque was made public at a ceremony on Tuesday at the Salt Lake City Cemetery’s B plat and bears the name of 55 people who died at the facility.

Retired paleontologist Laurie Bryant uncovered the names of 55 patients after research.

The facility opened in 1871 and operated for 15 years before it moved to what is now the Utah State Hospital in Provo.

Bryant says the asylum was little more than a jail where patient treatment could be described as somewhere between “cruelty and indifference.”

Funds for the monument were provided by a $1,500 grant from the state’s cemetery preservation program, and Salt Lake Monument Co. matched an equal amount.


Information from: KSL-TV, http://www.ksl.com/

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