I've always enjoyed traveling "off the beaten path" and into the unknown, especially when it's so close to home. It seems I've been plotting these adventures for my dear Sepia Saturday posts, as well. Travel and history are and always will be major draws for my adventures.
So, please allow me to introduce this location, being 3805 Thomas Drive, Hastings, Minnesota.
But first, I thank Postcardy, and her theme photo this week of statues and monuments as a just a couple of choices, which led me to this tucked away monumental place of sorts.
My journey today, is to Hastings State Asylum Cemetery. It begins by taking US-61 South from downtown St. Paul for about 20 miles until you reach Red Wing Boulevard, which you follow for a mile before turning left onto Tuttle Drive. Then take the first left onto Thomas Drive and follow it to the end.
This is where our "off the beaten path" begins. If you ever get the chance to visit here, after safely parking your car, begin on foot and go beyond the houses on your right side, to discover an abandoned road. Don't worry about walking or trespassing here, just continue on your way along this road which takes you right to the cemetery itself. However, once you arrive you might not locate any markers on he ground.
It's a well hidden cemetery and long forgotten by many, and much around it has blossomed to the point of nearly pushing it away period, and yet what remains there now is, very much alive and waiting to be discovered.
Sadly, many of those in the asylum were forgotten before their deaths. Buried by number, anonymously with no headstones, and yet that is not how a few loved ones wish to leave this tragic event. Read here.
Special note at this link here, Minnesota can be very proud about "Resolution 4, House File 1680, Apology Bill.
This forgotten cemetery is located in the extreme southwest corner of a 460-acre plat which was the property of the Hastings Insane Asylum, built around 1900. At one time, they farmed and produced dairy products here. In later years as like other facilities of this nature, it was used as a tuberculosis sanitarium, and many of those people which succumbed to the disease were buried there as well.
Now today, there are articles written which range in numbers from 700 to 900 unmarked graves within the cemetery.
I hope to bring you some real live photos as it appears today, soon, as I will venture "off the beaten path" again to this location.
Postcardy, also mentioned one of my favorite places for sharing old photos.
The Library of Congress, in Washington.
The Library of Congress doesn't list anything for the Hastings State Asylum but it does present this lovely structure for the State Lunatic Asylum in Buffalo, Erie County, New York.
Photo taken May 1965 and is described here.
Heading back to Hastings, Minnesota before I close this post-
You have heard of Hastings, Minnesota (as far back as March 27, 2011) mentioned right here with this post of mine as I detail Hasting's famous Spiral Bridge.
Remember, One of our most precious, and magical gifts in this life, is that we follow the road that leads often times to the forgotten, and upon our discovery of it, bring it back to life.
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