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MASS GRAVE: A photo gallery of the Adult Mental Health Historic Cemetery

By Bob Conrad
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Mental Hospital Cemetery

MASS GRAVE

‘The State Hospital in Sparks was in a very isolated area in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  It was a working farm where the ‘inmates’ raised animals and grew their own food.  Burial procedures were most likely a do-it-yourself operation at the direction of the hospital administrators at that time.

‘There are hundreds of human remains at this cemetery.  The current list from the Preservation Office shows just under 600 names, but several years of records are missing.  Current estimates have the number around 600 or more.  The boundaries of the cemetery extend as far north as the City of Sparks Maintenance Building at the corner of 21st and Fraser, west to the new Agriculture Building, south to North Street and the eastern boundary extended well beyond 21st Street toward Hymer.  Record keeping was minimal and grave markers seemed at the whim of administrators of the times.  A few graves had markers but most had none.

‘Robert Hope, a Civil War Veteran, was buried in March 1889.  The grave of this Veteran is now lost forever.”

SOURCEFriends of the Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services Historic Cemetery.
IMAGES: Bob Conrad for ThisIsReno.com.

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Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Historic Cemetery, 1882-1949

“This is sacred ground, no protected, in honor of all those who suffered and passed on, and in hope for those now living with mental illness, to be accepted in their communities.”

Mental Hospital Cemetery

Mental Hospital Cemetery

Unidentified grave marker.

Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Historic Cemetery, 1882-1949, is the final resting place of more than 767 people.

Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Historic Cemetery, 1882-1949, is the final resting place of more than 767 people.

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The individuals buried adjacent to this monument are the only ones whose remains are identified.

The individuals buried adjacent to this monument are the only ones whose remains are identified.

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Although more than 767 names are not known, their exact location in the cemetery is not. There are thought to be up to 400 additional interments whose names have been lost to history.

Although more than 767 names are not known, their exact location in the cemetery is not. There are thought to be up to 400 additional interments whose names have been lost to history.