Tuesday, March 06, 2007

more voices from the past

After taking so many photos of Golden Hill Cemetery, I decided to do a little reading. Part of the cemetery is the final resting place for some of the paupers who came to Colorado in the early 1900's seeking a cure for their tuberculosis.

On Saturday, I decided to visit the former home of the Jewish Consumptive Relief Society(JCRS), a sanitorium founded in 1904 for the treatment of tuberculosis patients from all around the country. There is a wealth of information and photographs online from the Penrose Library at the University of Denver about the JCRS.
On the old campus, now the site of an art school, one remaining tent house that the patients lived in sits next to the old Isaac Solomon Synagogue, both waiting for renovation.
It is easy to feel some of the history.

"A group of patients taking a sunbath at 18 below" (photo courtesy of the Ira M. Beck Memorial Archives, Penrose Library, University of Denver)



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