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#51 John T Roberts

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:54 PM

I'm going to upload my remaining photographs of the demolition in sequence with their corresponding dates.

November 28, 2012:

November 30, 2012:

December 1, 2012:


December 2, 2012:



December 3, 2012:

December 4, 2012:



December 5, 2012:

December 6, 2012:

December 7, 2012:

December 10, 2012:

December 11, 2012: The last day a major portion of the building was standing. It was pulled down about two hours after this photograph was taken.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:01 PM

Good stuff, John!

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 03:13 AM

I can't believe this building is gone. I was born in this hospital. I was shocked to see it already demolishe when I drove by it a month ago.I had no idea it was to be torn down or I would have snapped some pics of it.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 09:23 AM

From the Handbook of Texas:


On this day in 1885, a fire destroyed the Missouri Pacific Hospital, the first in Fort Worth. The precursor of St. Joseph Hospital was founded in 1883 for railroad workers. In early 1885 Mother St. Pierrette Cinquin, mother superior of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio, agreed to have her order take charge of the hospital's nursing program. The hospital burned only a few months after the sisters arrived. The Missouri Pacific Railroad rebuilt it and continued to operate it until moving all patients to Sedalia, Missouri, in 1889. The railroad then sold the hospital to the sisters for $15,000. The institution was renamed St. Joseph's Infirmary and dedicated on May 12, 1889. Its name was changed to St. Joseph Hospital in 1930.



I read elsewhere that the fire started in the kitchen and a valiant effort was made with hand extinguishers. Apparently the nearest hydrant was dry, so even when the FWFD arrived, there was not much they could do to save the building. All hands available were removing the patients and contents of the building.


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 11:14 AM

Interesting that they moved patients to Sedalia, MO.  What if they were local folks (even if they were RR employees?)

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:12 AM

Why "all patients" to Sedalia, Missouri?  Maybe all patients were Missouri Pacific Railroad employees covered by some form of medical assistance provided by the railroad?  And, maybe a hospital in Sedalia either customarily or by contract provided health care services for employees of that railroad?

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