Morning Meanderings… a little road trip this morning
Good morning. Still under the weather here… a little sniffly and a little sneezy (that sounds like two dwarfs!) still, but moving forward. That said, it did not stop me from putting a baseball cap on my head, throwing on tennis shoes and a sweatshirt over my t shirt and sleep pants and taking a drive down the road to capture some pictures this morning for Alyce’s Saturday Snapshot.
Just down the road from where I live is The old Brainerd State Hospital. Once a flourishing environment of 22 large buildings and many State jobs, the hospital opened in 1958 and was able to house as many as 1,500 patients. In fact, in 1981, my first job was there, I worked in building 16 one summer as an activity assistant. I wasn’t old enough to drive then, but I road my bike to and from, Monday through Friday. Being a state job, it was the best pay scale I had for many years to come.
As Health Treatment philosophy changed in the later 1980′s the patient load declined rapidly until as of the last few years, the only buildings being used are 20,21, and 22. Last month they began to demo the other buildings.
I have lived in this home for the most part, since I was 3 years old. The State Hospital, besides a job – holds many memories for me. My cousins and I used to ride our bikes through the roadways within the property from the ages of 8 to 14.
This morning… I grabbed up my camera and took these pictures:
It is the end of an era.
Today I plan to lay low and recover. I have a book to read this morning, and a few of us from my book club are going to go to the afternoon showing of One For The Money, based off the book by Janet Evanovich.