“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Harrisburg Hospital

Harrisburg Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Harrisburg Hospital Marker
Inscription. Harrisburg Hospital, the city's first public hospital, opened in the former South Ward School building in 1873, beginning a course that today makes Harrisburg a major health and research center. The school faced Mulberry Street (now vacated) which paralleled the Cumberland Valley Railroad line allowing emergency access for the infirmed who traveled there by rail. The first main hospital building, which was added to the west side of the school and faced S. Front Street, was completed in 1884. Over the following century, the hospital grew through the consolidation of land and the vacating of adjacent streets and alleys, until it consumed essentially all of the real estate between Front and Second Streets and south from Chestnut Street to Mary Street. The 1884 Queen Anne-styled original hospital building, through dwarfed by its newer surroundings, managed to survive until 1976 when it was demolished for the new main entrance facilities and access area to this now nationally-acclaimed medical complex, that is the flagship of Pinnacle Health System, its owner.
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The original Harrisburg Hospital building survived until 1976. Note the South Ward School to the rear in which the hospital was first established.
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This 1920 postcard view looking east from Riverfront Park shows early growth of hospital complex.
Part of Harrisburg Hospital Complex image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
2. Part of Harrisburg Hospital Complex

Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project marker series.
Location. 40° 15.409′ N, 76° 52.812′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is on S. Front Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Between Mary and Chestnut Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cumberland Valley Railroad Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); John Harris Mansion (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Harris/Simon Cameron Mansion (about 400 feet away); John Harris Sr. Grave Site (about 400 feet away); The Crowne Plaza (about 700 feet away); The Peanut House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Executive Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dauphin County (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
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<i>City Hospital, Harrisburg, Pa.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1905
3. City Hospital, Harrisburg, Pa.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,019 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on November 6, 2015.
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