Sonoma Developmental Center

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Sonoma Developmental Center--Main Building
Sonoma State Home, Main Building, 15000 Arnold Dr., Eldridge, CA 6-12-2010 6-03-39 PM.JPG
Sonoma Developmental Center is located in California
Sonoma Developmental Center
Location 15000 Arnold Drive
Eldridge, California
Coordinates 38°20′50″N 122°31′7″W / 38.34722°N 122.51861°W / 38.34722; -122.51861Coordinates: 38°20′50″N 122°31′7″W / 38.34722°N 122.51861°W / 38.34722; -122.51861
Area 1,670 acres (7 km2)
NRHP Reference # 00001180
Added to NRHP October 6, 2000

The Sonoma Developmental Center is a large, state-run facility in California, United States, serving the needs of people with developmental disabilities. It is located in Eldridge in Sonoma County.

History[edit]

It opened at its current location on November 24, 1891, though it had existed at previous locations in Vallejo and Santa Clara since 1884.[1]

The facility's current name dates from 1986. Former names include:[2]

  • California Home for the Care and Training of Feeble Minded Children (1883)
  • Sonoma State Home (1909)
  • Sonoma State Hospital (1953)

History:

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 - Lawor 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

2000 - Main building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

In fiction[edit]

The Center provided the setting for Jack London's short story "Told in the Drooling Ward" (1914).[4]

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