In a TAPS team first, the team travels to West Virginia to investigate the Weston State Hospital, once one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the country. Construction on Weston State began in 1858 and was finally completed in 1882. The first patients were admitted in 1864 and the facility housed patients until 1994 when a modern, state of the art facility opened just a few miles away. The main hospital building is believed to be the largest hand cut stone building in the United States. Running almost a quarter mile long and 4 stories tall with 9 acres of floor space and over 2 miles of hallways, the impressive structure was also, at times, a house of horrors. Severe and often inhumane methods of treatment were common during the first few decades that the hospital was in operation. Most of the people who were brought to the facility never left and were probably buried in one of four cemeteries found on the property.
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