Photos of abandoned Oregon mental hospital ‘creepier than any haunted house’

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The “Room of Forgotten Souls” contained about 3,600 neglected urns that held the cremated remains of former patients. Publicity about that and other conditions at the Oregon State Hospital provoked outrage in the Oregon Legislature and coverage in The Oregonian, which won a Pulitzer Prize for its series of editorials on the subject in 2006. Staff photographer Rob Finch’s photos became emblematic of the hospital’s eerie facilities, which also were used to film the 1975 movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

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