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Preventorium

During the 1930s, some of the Tucson-area schoolchildren had tuberculosis or were exposed to the disease. To prevent further infection these children were sent to live in a camp. The camp was called the Preventorium, because it was organized to prevent schoolchildren from getting tuberculosis.
 
The Preventorium consisted of two camps. A summer camp was maintained in Oracle and a winter camp was located in the Tucson Mountains where the Gilbert Ray Campground is now.
 
The Preventorium was closed in 1945.

Sources:
Tucson Unified School District History, The First Hundred Years, The War Years 1940-1950 – Part I. http://www.tusd.k12.az.us/CONTENTS/distinfo/history/history14.html (Web page no longer available 09/04/2010.
“What’s With That?” Arizona Daily Star. Caliente Section. Page F50.
 

Article tagged with: Preventorium, TB, Tuberculosis, Tucson

Last Update: 12-14-2010 3:39pm

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