"The Fairview Training Center was a state-run facility for people with developmental disabilities in Salem, Oregon, United States. Fairview was established in 1907 as the State Institution for the Feeble-Minded. The hospital opened on December 1, 1908 with 39 patients transferred from the Oregon State Insane Asylum. Before its closure in 2000, Fairview was administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services."--Wikipedia
One of the remaining buildings of the Fairview Training Center complex. The grounds are not far from my commute, and makes a nice, curvy detour on my way to work. There are a few disturbing stories of abuse of some residents there, and frankly it's a little creepy riding along the road. Probably just my flighty imagination, but there are rumors of tortured souls and hauntings after all.
Two things of note for me. One, I had a distant cousin who was a resident there. I don't know what became of him after it closed. And two, I visited the place back in the late 70's as part of a psychology class field trip. It was both sad and amazing. Many of the residents were severely disabled.
A few other pics from another day...