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I've heard that San Francisco at one time had a leprosarium (leper colony. Perhaps on Angel Island in the 19th Century? If anyone can offer any info, it would be much appreciated!

-- amy balsbaugh (amyfish@pacbell.net), March 01, 2000


One of the early hopitals was the "26th Street pest House" at the corner of De Haro in the Potrero District. This seems to be one of the early Quarantine Hospitals. Let me know if you find anyting diferent.

Good Luck Kurt


"In 1892, a Quarantine Station was opened at Ayala Cove (then known as Hospital Cove), where ships from foreign ports could be fumigated, and immigrants suspected of carrying diseases could be kept in isolation. ... The first ship ... was the steamship China on April 27, 1891:...there was smallpox on board...."

The names: "In August 1775, Lt. Juan Manuel de Ayala ... anchored in what is now Ayala Cove." He called the island 'Isla de Los Angeles'.

Source: http://www.angelisland.org/ (Angel Island Home Page) This Home Page contents "everthing" about Angel Island...

On Angel Island existed the Immigration Station (especially for Chinese and other Asians). http://www.angel-island.com/ (Chinese immigrants)

-- Heinz-Dieter Krippendorf (krippendorf@t-online.de), March 29, 2000.

my mother, ruth o phillips, (since passed away), was involved in supporting a lepor colony through a woman "mrs. henri merrison" from pittsfield, mass. My earliest memory is my mother knitting bandages. these were cotton and not disposible as things are today, but to be sterilized and reused. also we were to help with the christmas boxes containing a list of things that would travel well, including games, dolls, cards, candy, etc. any information on the above or existing possibilities for continued work would be most appreciated. thank you, pat.

-- pattiann phillips resmann (2wacky2@bellsouth .net), February 09, 2005.

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