An institution for lunatics
Posted: October 6, 2013 at 3:23 a.m.
During the drive from near Little Rock to my new home construction site south of Benton I pass by what was formerly a state mental institution. The attractive and orderly rows of red brick buildings remind me that when I was growing up in rural western Arkansas, the name Benton was synonymous with “mental institution.” But that facility was not opened until June 1936, and by then the Arkansas State Lunatic Asylum in Little Rock already had a long history.
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Editorial, Pages 84 on 10/06/2013