One of the postcards I featured on Saturday — of the County Alms and Asylum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania — became a (very) minor viral hit on Facebook and provoked a good bit of discussion there.
I'm re-posting some of those Facebook comments here because they add a lot to a discussion I hope to be furthering in coming days and weeks.
Comment thread from Papergreat's Facebook page
- Whoa, very cool. This no longer exists.
- Is the actual building though something else today?
- Does anyone know where exactly this was?
- It was at King and Reservoir according to my dad. He says he remembers it from his childhood. He also says there was a farm on the property.
- 900 East King St.
- Such a cool building!!
- Isn't it where the Lanc. Co. Children and Youth Building is next to Conestoga View and across from Stevens Trade.
- I remember that being there
- Where is that?
- Where in E-town?
- Need a good asylum? I've got a 1- and a 3-year-old. Come over to my place any g'damn day or night of the friggin week!
- This isn't the DOC training center in E-town. It's the old almshouse which was at King and Reservoir according to my father. He lived a few blocks away during his childhood.
- What is now Conestoga View?
- It no longer exists. He believes that it was torn down in the sixties.
- Yes, it was where Conestoga View is now. It was the county "poorhouse". I found my great-great-grandmother there on the 1920 Census.
1. For non-Pennsylvanians: "E-town" refers to Elizabethtown, a Lancaster County borough that dates to 1753. Its original settlers were mostly Scots-Irish and Pennsylvania Dutch (whose name for this place is Betzischteddel). Elizabethtown was previously mentioned in the Papergreat post "Klein Chocolate Co. of Elizabethtown analyzes Fannie's butter fat."