Wednesday, December 14, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 14

December 14, 1886 – The commission charged to locate a third hospital for the insane, after visiting several proposed sites and hearing the claims and propositions of the friends of each, determined the question today in favor of Fergus Falls.

The commission had carefully examined all the sites proposed, including Brainerd, Fergus Falls, Sauk Centre, Alexandria and several others. Since the existing hospitals in St. Peter and Rochester were in southern Minnesota, the new hospital needed to be north of the Twin Cities.

The reasons for choosing Fergus Falls were first, because it accommodated the northwestern part of the state and the Red River Valley; second, the commission thought it possible that Fergus Falls would become a large and prosperous city, and third, that a fourth hospital would at some time again be located near the Twin Cities.

The site of the Fergus Falls hospital would lie north of the city, being 916 acres, and was offered for $31,440, or $31 per acre. It had a frontage of about a mile facing the city and included the old county fair grounds and joined the county poor farm.

The Minneapolis Tribune; “Fergus Falls Wins. The Commission Locaters the Third Insane Hospital There.”; Dec. 15, 1886; p. 3.

Fergus Falls Hospital in 1915


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