Wisconsin Central State Hospital

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Wisconsin Central State Hospital
Established 1900
Opened 1911
Closed 1975 (as a State Hospital)
Current Status Active
Building Style Pavilion Plan
Architect(s) Foeller & Schober
Location Waupan, WI
Alternate Names
  • Central State Hospital for the Criminally Insane
  • Dodge Correctional Institution


Central State Hospital, located on the South side of Waupun, was once the site for the criminally insane. In 1977, the facility was transformed into a maximum-security adult correctional facility named the Dodge Correctional Institution. According to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections website, DCI was doubled in size in 1993. In 1996, the facility accepted its first female inmate, which made it the only facility in Wisconsin that took both male and female inmates. Though it still remains the central medical center for both males and females, the female reception center was moved to Taycheedah Correctional Institution in 2004.

Ed Gein was housed at Wisconsin Central State Hospital before being transferred to Mendota Mental Hospital. Attempted presidential assassin John Schrank was also a patient at Central State Hospital from 1912-1943 for his attempt to kill Theodore Roosevelt.


Located outside Waupun in the Township of Chester, this cemetery was the final resting place for unclaimed inmates from the Wisconsin State Prison (now Waupun Correctional Institution) and patients from Central State Hospital. It was used from 1871 to 1975. Originally, each grave had a marker bearing the grave number. In the 1980s, metal markers were installed bearing the name, number, institution, and date of death of each individual. Unfortunately, those markers have since been replaced with one large sign bearing the names and dates of death of those buried here. (The sign does not include deaths before 1898.) There are no individual markers today.