Saturday, March 22, 2008

West Virginia in the News, Yet Again

An AP story from Saturday details why the owners of the historic mental hospital facility in Weston, WV (closed in 1994) have changed the National Historic Landmark's name to "The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum."  If that were the extent of what the new owners had done, the story would hardly be worth noting.  But, of course, this is West Virginia:

But others say the new owners of the massive Gothic Revival hospital have gone too far, disparaging the suffering of former patients and reopening wounds with planned events like "Psyco (sic) Path" dirt bike races on the grounds.

The owners (a family from Morgantown, to the discredit of my hometown) also plan to hold year-round "'mud bog' races, in which trucks try to speed through a pit without getting stuck," on the historic property.

(Insert your own white trash joke here.)

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