Camarillo State Hospital

Camarillo, Ventura County, California

Address: 1878 So. Lewis Road.

Closed July 1997. Campus is now the California State University - Channel Islands

"The hospital has a certain measure of fame. Charlie Parker, the famous jazz musician, was a patient there. The Eagles' 1976 hit "Hotel California" ("you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave") is thought to have been inspired by Camarillo. And scenes of the popular television series "MASH" were shot in the hills behind the hospital." - Quote from article "Board of Trustees proposes to transform a state mental hospital into a new campus" By William Trombley, from the Spring 1997 issue of the California Higher Education Policy Center. The claim that the hospital inspired "Hotel California" is refuted elsewhere.


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