Operational 1926-1974


Amy Thomas

For gifting us a full year of hosting.


April 2024

April 3 2024: The "Staff" section continues to grow. New page for Walter Van Fossan Photos sent to us by his daughter

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A PDF copy of the 1950 census has been added. Toggle the "Library" section or

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A 1950 map has been added. Toggle the "Campus > Topography" section or

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Gatehouse section updated with photos from Hugh Jordan III and a new video edit

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We are here to help

This website would not exist without the massive contributions made by dozens of individuals

I have done my best to credit every photograph, artifact and piece of information in the database.

The databse is very large and ever expanding thanks to all the materials that are still coming in to this day.

November 6, 2022

Gatehouse section updated with photos from Hugh Jordan III and a new video edit Click Here

We are here to help

If you have any questions or need assistance with using the database you can reach out by either going to our facebook page and sending a message or email us.

Our email address is Admin@Wacots.org

Our Facebook Page is here

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Trespassing = Preservation

          Some went to vandalize and party and some went to explore and document. It sat abandoned for 24 years left open to the elements. Had the school been redeveloped sooner or immediately torn down when it closed in 1974, a significant part of its history would have been lost.

          Many signicant discoveries were made at the school by great researchers. To allow it to fade into obscurity would be a discredit to the over 7400 children, the hundreds of employees, and the researchers that came from all over the world that were part of this massive social/medical experiment.

          We will also never censor the scandals and abuse that occured. Many people have shared their experiences with me. This incudes former employees and students. There is over 100 years of information packed into this site. By maintaining this site my goal is to keep the history of this institution alive. It is all dedicated the children that endured all the good and bad that went on in the schools 48 years of operation.

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