—In several books of the Mountain Women Series I’ve mentioned the Weston State Hospital in West Virginia, (formerly the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum), now closed.
In its early years, reasons for committing people to that institution were often sad, capricious and downright criminal. The attached image, which I copied from a brochure, shows a list of some of those reasons. Take a look. They’re hard to believe!
Today the facility is a tourist attraction. See it at http://www.trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com/