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`Cuckoo's Nest' hospital to be torn down

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`Cuckoo's Nest' hospital to be torn down

Oregon State Hospital, the mental institution where the 1975 movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed, is making way for a new complex. Most of the dilapidated, 125-year-old main building will be torn down and replaced starting this fall.

Although mean Nurse Ratched was pure fiction, the Oregon State Hospital has struggled with some very real troubles over the years, including overcrowding, crumbling floors and ceilings, outbreaks of scabies and stomach flu, sexual abuse of children by staff members, and patient-on-patient assaults.

Politicians had been talking for years about the need to replace the hospital, but didn't get serious about it until a group of legislators made a grim discovery during a 2004 tour: the cremated remains of 3,600 mental patients in corroding copper canisters in a storage room. The lawmakers were stunned.


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This has been a topic of heated discussion for some time. The building is very run down in many areas. Some of the wards have been converted to state offices and they cannot even run phones to those areas because of the materials in the walls (including asbestos). HOWEVER the site and parts of the building are considered "historic" because of the architecture - not just the movie.

I am hopeful that they will be able to preserve some of the nicer areas of the building while rebuilding the rest of the facility to the benefit of the patients and those that work there.

I do NOT want to see it turned into a "McMenamins" or the like, as suggested by the Mayor of Salem. Who would want to stay in a hotel that backs up to the State Correctional Facility, unless they had to??

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fiveforefun--I agree with your post completely. I remember the buzz in town when the moview was made (sure you do too).

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There is nothing more depressing or creepy , imo, than an abandoned Mental Hospital. There was a huge old one out on Long Island in NY... driving by there, I always felt like you could still hear people screaming :(

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