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Myths & Legends: Stories from State Hospital

"Wednesday afternoon's train on the Great Northern road had attached a special car from the St. Peter asylum, and in the car were 80 lunatics, the first detachment that has arrived from the other asylums."

With this announcement in the July 31, 1890 Fergus Falls Weekly Journal, the Fergus Falls State Hospital received its first patients. For over 100 years thousands of people entered the State Hospital generating myths and legends that will remain for generations.

The Otter Tail County Historical Society examines this lore with "Myths & Legends: Stories from the Fergus Falls State Hospital" on Friday, September 4, 5:30 p.m. People should park in the Government Services parking lot and proceed to the front of the West Detached section of the state hospital complex. From this location the tour will proceed around the building where stories will be told of happenings behind the brick and mortar; stories that are shrouded in mystery and legend; stories told in muffled whispers that are part of our lore.

This is not an architectural or facilities tour. It is a storytelling tour meant to bring the history of the Fergus Falls State Hospital to life. The cost is $5 and the tour will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. For more information contact the Otter Tail County Historical Society at 218-736-6038.