Oct 3rd 2010 4:19AM Ken Kesey is the author of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" and he was an Oregon resident. The film was filmed at the Oregon State Mental Hospital and the book is based on that hospital as well. The hospital is in serious disrepair and part of it have been rendered unsafe. The children's and adolescents wards have been disbanded and other agencies throughout the state have assumed responsibility for the former residents. Parts of the hospital are currently being renovated for the adults. A new hospital is also being built in Junction City, Oregon. Dammasch hospital was closed years ago and has since been demolished. Hospitals like these are still very much in use in Oregon and although mental health has come quite a ways since the 40's, many of the people who still reside in those walls don't need to be there.
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