AKA: State of California, Napa Insane Asylum, Napa, CA; State of California, Department of Mental Health, Napa State Hospital, Napa, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - health and welfare buildings; built works - public buildings - hospitals

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1875

Napa, CA

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The Napa Insane Asylum, as it was known in 1878, served the entire State of CA at the time. A notice appeared in the Los Angeles Herald on 04/20/1878 indicating that a local man would be transported there imminently: "J.M. Keeley, adjudged insane in the County Court yesterday, will be taken to the Napa Insane Asylum by Deputy Sheriff Ling today." (See "Local Brevities," Los Angeles Herald, vol. 9, no. 123, 04/20/1878, p. 3.)

Building Notes

This asylum was in operation in 1910. The photographer Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916)was committed here between 1910 and his death on 06/23/1916.

PCAD id: 15404