This Day In History, March 9, 1883 – North Dakota State Hospital ordered constructed.   . . . .  from the 125th Anniversary Calendar of Jamestown History & Asylum

The North Dakota State Hospital at Jamestown is one of two state institutions that predate statehood. Its location and mission as a “hospital for the insane” was authorized by the Dakota Territorial Legislature in 1883 and it opened on May 1, 1885, accepting its first two patients from Morton County. Fifty-eight patients whose addresses were in what eventually became North Dakota were moved to Jamestown from the Dakota Hospital in Yankton (now South Dakota). The first superintendent was Dr. O. Wellington Archibald, who had been an assistant surgeon at Fort Abraham Lincoln south of Mandan. By the end of 1886, the average daily census was 106 patients.