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The early 1900s health care history of El Paso was mainly concerned with the treatment and curing of tuberculosis. With the Southwestern U.S. being thought of the perfect place to recover from it; dry air, lots of sunshine and rest was the best for tuberculosis patients. So El Paso ended up with many sanatoriums. The Albert Baldwin Sanatorium, which is on the postcard, was founded by David Gilmore Baldwin ( 1868 - 1912). It was one of the first sanatoria in town. Baldwin was a former New Orleans postmaster who had contracted tuberculosis. Coming to El Paso looking for a “sun cure”, he stayed and bought the site in 1903 and built a tuberculosis sanatorium. He named it The Albert Baldwin Health Resort in honor of his father. The first patients were admitted in 1907. Dr. R. B. Homan purchased it two years later and renamed it the Homan Sanatorium.

Uploaded on 12.03.2014 by El Paso Museum of History

Central / Rim Road, (1900 - 1909), Health

  • Tuberculosis

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