The West Virginia Legislature created the State Colored Tuberculosis Sanitarium in 1917. The Maryland Lumber Company sold 185 acres of land and numerous buildings in Denmar, Pocahontas County, to the West Virginia Board of Control. According to the 1918 West Virginia Legislative Hand Book, black tuberculosis patients, who were West Virginia residents, were eligible for admission to the sanitarium provided they could pay for their care. The Hand Book noted: "The reasonable expenses of poor persons admitted at the request of the authorities of any municipal corporation or county, shall be paid by such municipal corporation or county." The sanitarium admitted its first patients on January 31, 1919.
In 1937 the legislature appropriated funds for a new hospital building at Denmar, which was completed in 1939. By the 1950s, medical science had developed more effective means to diagnose and treat tuberculosis and, in 1957, Denmar was converted to a state hospital for the chronically ill. The hospital closed in 1990 and the legislature appropriated funds for its conversion to the Denmar Correctional Center in 1993.
GPS Coordinates: 38.08924, -80.22003
- Added: 27 Feb 2011
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