Throwback Thursday: September 24th

Town and Country Apartments used to be the Northern Maine Sanatorium
Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 6:26 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - Back in the early 1900′s, tuberculosis was one of the top three killers.

During that time, it was thought the best way to treat the disease was to isolate people in cold mountainous regions.

In order to combat the rise of the illness, the anti-tuberculosis group of northern Maine decided to open up a sanatorium.

"In October of 1920, we were able to build and open the Northern Maine Sanatorium. It was the ninth institution of it’s kind in the state of Maine. It was considered a state of the art facility.”

Kim Smith, Secretary Treasurer for the Presque Isle Historical Society

Patients used to lay in cots, put out onto the porch with a blanket as a way to treat the disease. The Sanatorium closed in the 1960′s and today is now apartment complexes.

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