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Licking County TB Sanatorium / Licking County Health Department

 
 
Licking County TB Sanatorium side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
1. Licking County TB Sanatorium side of marker
Inscription.  Tuberculosis, or TB, is a contagious disease that was responsible for the deaths of one out of every seven people in the U.S. in the early 20th century. The Licking County Tuberculosis Sanatorium, known as the TB San, was constructed in 1931-1932 at a cost of $250,000. The facility kept TB patients separate from the general population, controlling the spread of disease. The location provided patients with rest, fresh air, food, and exercise, the main treatments for TB in the 19th through mid-20th centuries.

The TB San served Licking County residents from September 1932 until March 1967, but by the end of 1960s TB was no longer a prevalent health concern. In 1966, the Licking County Health Department occupied the building. After the close of the TB San in 1967, the facility also held an outpatient tuberculosis clinic, the County Home (1969-1988), and other county government offices. In 2015, the health department became the building’s owner. Since opening in 1932, the facility has served the public health needs of Licking County.
 
Erected 2019 by Licking County Health
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Department and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 30-45.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1967.
 
Location. 40° 5.855′ N, 82° 26.789′ W. Marker is in Newark, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is on Turner Road west of King Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 675 Price Rd, Newark OH 43055, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Sparks (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Newark Earthworks (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Octagon (approx. 3.1 miles away); History of the Site (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Circle (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Builders (approx. 3.1 miles away); Octagon Earthworks (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Observatory Mound (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
 
Also see . . .  Historical recognition of Licking County TB Sanatorium brings back memories. 2019 article by Kent Mallett in the Newark Advocate. Excerpt:
Marcia Phelps, the Licking County Municipal Court clerk, attended the historical
Licking County Health Department side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
2. Licking County Health Department side of marker
marker dedication because of an early memory of visiting TB San. Her father stayed at the facility for a short time when Phelps was 5 years old. It was thought he might have tuberculosis, but he did not.

"It was such a scary time," Phelps said. "I just remember the worry my mom had and the worry in the family." Phelps remembers yelling to her father from outside when he was on one of the balconies. Children could not go into the facility.

Licking County Health Commissioner Joe Ebel said he sought the historical marker to coincide with this year's celebration of 100 years of public health in Ohio. The application was submitted about a year ago and Ohio History Connection approved the marker in the fall. The sign was ready by the end of March.
(Submitted on November 10, 2019.) 
 
Licking County TB Sanatorium / Licking County Health Department Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
3. Licking County TB Sanatorium / Licking County Health Department Marker
Former Licking County TB Sanatorium, County Home, and now the Licking County Health Department image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
4. Former Licking County TB Sanatorium, County Home, and now the Licking County Health Department
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 10, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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