My Photographic Journey Around America

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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

I’ve actually posted a picture of this place before out in Weston, West Virginia. I think it is such a beautiful building but just the name gives me the creeps. Knowing it was still in use in 1995 makes it worse. I still haven’t been there when it was open, but I liked this picture in the snow and with clear skies.

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Appalachian Glass

I had a wonderful visit recently to Appalachian Glass in Weston, West Virginia. I wrote an article on this wonderful artisan glass studio which you can read here.

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Abandoned Building

Even a run down old building can be beautiful in the right light. I was taken by this one here in Weston, West Virginia.

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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

This is the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia. Even the name sends chills up my spine. Originally opened in 1864, it was built to house 240 patients. At it’s peak in the 1950s, it held around 2500 in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. It is purportedly the 2nd largest hand-cut masonry structure in the world next to the Kremlin. Closed only in 1994, it is now open for tours (I will be back for one!), and even overnight tours! Yikes! I will see the inside of this building.

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