WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
SILVER REEF HOSPITAL
Silver Reef, Utah
HISTORYIn 1879, William Barbee appointed a committee of three to ask Father Lawrence Scanlan, the Catholic priest in Silver Reef, if he would establish and conduct a hospital for the benefit of the people. Father Scanlon agreed and said the sisters would conduct the hospital provided that each of the employees of the mills and mines would pay $1 a month to the hospital.
Father Scanlan also established the St. John's Catholic Church and St. Mary's School in Silver Reef.
The miners donated money each week to help finance the building of the hospital which cost $2,149. It was completed and ready for occupancy on June 1, 1879. Five sisters of the Holy Cross reached town in July of 1879.
When the hospital closed after the silver boom, Robert Lund purchased the lumber from it to build a home in St. George.
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