Seattle clinic shelters 27 smallpox patients on December 26, 1892.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 1/01/1999
  • Essay 2157

On December 26, 1892, Seattle's new "pesthouse" shelters 27 smallpox patients. Later called the Isolation Hospital, it is located two miles south of the city on densely wooded City property. Its purpose is to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.

The frame, one-story building was completed in November 1892, at a cost of $2,700 and was located in the southeast corner of what is now (2000) Jefferson Park Golf Course, near the intersection of 24th Avenue S, and S Alaska Street.


Thomas W. Prosch, "A Chronological History of Seattle From 1850 to 1897," typescript dated 1900-1901, Northwest Collection, University of Washington Library, Seattle, 421; Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 29, 1892, p. 8; Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Seattle (Philadelphia: G.G. Baist, 1908), plate 70; Atlas of Seattle, (Seattle: Kroll Map Co., 1995), plate 53.

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