San Haven, ND

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    Inside San Haven Sanatorium, part two

    By / January 24, 2014 / San Haven, ND, Special Features

    In part one, Mary, a former patient at San Haven Sanatorium, detailed her arrival at San Haven and the circumstances that led to her spending five months in the facility in 1963. Eventually this ten-year-old from Carrington settled into her time at this massive hospital and learned how to keep herself safe. We never wandered the halls… [read more]

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    Inside San Haven Sanatorium

    By / January 23, 2014 / San Haven, ND, Special Features

    This website is a constant reminder of how things change over time, those reminders frequently coming in the form of a photograph that shows a crumbling structure, a little less stout than when we last photographed it. Sometimes though, the reminders come in the form of a story, an email from a visitor.  In this… [read more]

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    San Haven Postcard 1940

    By / January 13, 2013 / San Haven, ND

    I found this postcard in a box at an antique store.  It’s a postcard of San Haven Sanatorium in 1940.  I was impressed that this postcard shows an overview of the grounds including the beautiful gardens and water feature which are now completely dry and overgrown. This postcard was sent by someone named Olga, who must… [read more]

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    San Haven Sanatorium

    By / October 3, 2012 / San Haven, ND

    San Haven Sanatorium is a former tuberculosis sanatorium in the foothills of the Turtle Mountains, a few minutes north of Dunseith. Thousands of TB patients received treatment here between 1909 and the end of the TB endemic in the 1940’s. Prior to the advent of antibiotics which brought tuberculosis under control, roughly 50 percent of… [read more]

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    San Haven Sanatorium

    By / February 12, 2011 / San Haven, ND

    San Haven is located just a few miles northeast of Dunseith. It was founded in 1909 as a Tuberculosis Sanatorium and later became a hospital for the developmentally disabled. Over the years, San Haven grew into a huge complex of structures complete with underground tunnels to connect the complex. It was so large, it was… [read more]

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    San Haven Sanatorium in the 1930’s

    By / February 11, 2011 / San Haven, ND

    Susan (Thingvold) Sande of Kalispell, Montana contributed the following photos of San Haven in the tuberculosis era. The photos were taken by her aunt, Nora Thingvold in the 1930’s. Susan’s comments on Nora: “Nora was a nurse all her life – at San Haven, in hospitals in Devils Lake , in Wisconsin , California &… [read more]

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