Traverse City State Hospital


Northern Michigan Asylum, which opened in 1885, was known during most of its years as Traverse City State Hospital.  It was run during its first decades by Dr. James Decker Munson, who left his legacy in the landscaped grounds and the medical center that today bears his name.  Traverse City State Hospital served the mental health needs of a large part of Michigan for 104 years until its closure in 1989, housing a population as large as 3,000 in its many buildings.