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. 37.345807, -121.942783
1891 A new site for the Home was purchased from former State Senator William Hill for %51000. Two railroads ran through the site until World War 2. The superintendent was Antrim Edgar Osborn.
1903. Doctor 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 becomes superintendent
The Center provided the setting for Jack London's short story "Told in the Drooling Ward" (1914).
- "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.
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