Marker 151: Evergreen Park Cottage Sanatorium

© Photographed June 26, 2013
Erected 1956 by The State Medical Society of Wisconsin
Lake Nebagamon, Douglas County, Wisconsin
46.515144, -91.699996
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Here, in 1903, Dr. W. B. Hopkins, Cumberland, opened the first tuberculosis sanitarium in Wisconsin. He built an office and three one-story frame buildings with screen sides--the men's ward, the women's ward and a dining hall. 
Hopkins treated tuberculosis cases here in summer. He wrote of the "pure air, day and night" and a program of close medical attention, good food and restrained exercise to keep the patient "cheerful and hopeful, temperate in all things." 
Weekly rates were $15, or a patient could build a little cabin on the grounds and get medical treatment for $10 monthly. Physicians volunteered their services, among them, Dr. F. G. Johnson, Lake Nebagamon. 
Operating losses caused the sanitarium to be abandoned in 1905. It was brave effort that stimulated inquiry into the treatment of tuberculosis in Wisconsin.
Erected 1956
The State Medical Society of Wisconsin

The marker is located at the northeast corner of the intersection of East County Road B and South Lake Avenue / County Highway F, Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin 54849.

NOTE: The marker appears to be on private property; be sure to respect the privacy of the owners.

Originally photographed June 26, 2013

 Not sure the significance of this . . .

 This sign is in nearby Poplar, Wisconsin.

The marker is located in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin.

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