Sonoma Developmental Center
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Sonoma Developmental Center--Main Building
|Location||15000 Arnold Drive
|Area||1,670 acres (7 km2)|
|NRHP Reference #||00001180|
|Added to NRHP||October 6, 2000|
The facility's current name dates from 1986. Former names include:
- California Home for the Care and Training of Feeble Minded Children (1883)
- Sonoma State Home (1909)
- Sonoma State Hospital (1953)
1883 - First home opened at White Sulphur Springs near Vallejo.
1884 - Fasking Park, Alameda County.
1885-1891 - The Home was located in Santa Clara, California, near the intersection of Market and Washington Street.
1891 - A new site for the Home was purchased from former State Senator William Hill for $51,000. Two railroads ran through the site until World War II. The superintendent was Dr. Antrim Edgar Osborn.
1903 - Dr. Osborne was replaced by Dr. Lawlor.
1903 - Lawlor was replaced by Dawson.
1913 - Fred Butler was hired.
1918 - A Spanish influenza epidemic killed dozens of inmates. Dr. Lawlor was also killed.
1918 - Dr. Butler became superintendent
- The Center provided the setting for Jack London's short story "Told in the Drooling Ward" (1914).
- The book In All Things: A Return to the Drooling Ward is a fictionalized account based on the author's experiences while training as a psychiatric technician at the former hospital.
- "History of Sonoma Developmental Center".
- "National Register #00001180: Sonoma State Home in Eldridge, California". Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- "National Register of Historic Places Listings October 13, 2000". Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- Wiley, Walt (1988-11-19). "Bookstore for Jack London Lovers". Lodi News-Sentinel. p. 7. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- Kirkus Review. "In All Things: A Return to the Drooling Ward". Retrieved November 24, 2014.
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