June 8th, 2011

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06-08-2011: Fairview Training Center

After a sort of unsuccessful attempt to find abandoned places in the urban/metro area of Portland, OR (there are veeeeery few), I found myself down in Salem ready to explore the Fairview Training Center, formerly the Oregon State Institution for the Feeble-Minded. Opened in 1908, the asylum was one of the first quasi-educational insane asylums in the state, and when it was closed in 2000 it was one of the oldest continually-operating. It was also, as far as I can tell, the only asylum in Oregon to practice eugenics.

There are a lot of pictures so I'm placing them under a cut, along with the historical data I gathered along the way!

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So there you have it! Fairview Training Center. It was quite an adventure walking around, and even though it was very creepy in some places, it was mostly just a fascinating experience. And to finish off this hideously long entry, here's a video filmed in 1959 called "In Our Care," which was used by the state of Oregon to educate people about what life as like at Fairview.

In Our Care from Oregonian News on Vimeo.