“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Canyon in Randall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Neblett Hospital and Clinic

Neblett Hospital and Clinic Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, May 17, 2020
1. Neblett Hospital and Clinic Marker

As a small community west of Amarillo, the city of Canyon worked for years to bring a hospital to its citizens. Previous bond elections to fund a public hospital had failed, and the need for quality health care persisted. After a public meeting in 1935 in Canyon, Dr. Robert A. Neblett (1902-1961), a Tennessee native, University of Texas graduate, and infant feeding and childhood diseases specialist, researched the situation. On April 1, 1937, he announced his intention to build a hospital for the community, Randall County, and West Texas State College students. A site downtown was chosen and Dr. Neblett built a sixteen-room, six-bed hospital in 1937 on 16th Street. Architect Harold Walsh of Amarillo designed the building with George Small as the contractor. A petition from citizens to pave the street surrounding the hospital was granted.

The hospital included private rooms, an operating room, delivery room, and an office, and the rooms featured air conditioning, a new comfort at the time. The latest medical equipment was used, with many items donated or funded by the community. The hospital closed on October 1, 1942 so that
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Dr. Neblett could join the Medical Corps of the Army, serving for 28 months in the Pacific Theater. After his WWII service, he returned to Canyon and the hospital was reopened, a testament to his commitment to healthcare. Many Canyon residents were born or treated in the Neblett Hospital and Clinic, along with countless college students, and the hospital expanded in size to accommodate the growth. After almost four decades, the hospital closed in 1975 and no longer stands. However, the memory of Dr. Neblett, a doctor dedicated to affordable and quality healthcare, endures within the community. (2017)
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18791.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine.
Location. 34° 58.673′ N, 101° 55.657′ W. Marker is in Canyon, Texas, in Randall County. Marker is at the intersection of 16th Street and 6th Avenue, on the right when traveling south on 16th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 508 16th Street, Canyon TX 79015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sad Monkey Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Clyde & Grace Warwick (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Canyon News"
Neblett Hospital and Clinic Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, May 17, 2020
2. Neblett Hospital and Clinic Marker
(about 400 feet away); The Smith Building (about 600 feet away); Site of Wagon Yard (about 600 feet away); Randall County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Randall County (about 700 feet away); Randall County World War I Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canyon.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2020. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on July 20, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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