|People & Life Ways|
|Riches, Ranching & Railroads|
But when a person became very ill, they sometimes went to a hospital, if one was available. The Storey County Hospital opened in Virginia City in 1865, and St. Mary Louise Hospital, considered the first modern hospital in Nevada, was built on the Comstock in 1876. Miners paid into a union hospital fund, one dollar per month, for hospital services, a form of health insurance.
Las Vegas was established
as a town in the early 20th century, and the first hospital there was a
four-bed tent. By 1909 this wooden building
was used as a hospital. Until Las Vegas Hospital was built in 1931,
Dr. Roy Martin worked out of a hospital he established in the former Palace
Hotel. Working in the heat in the days before air conditioning was
difficult. If an emergency required surgery, it was done between
4:00 and 5:00 a.m.; some relief was provided by a simple cooling system
of fans blowing air over blocks of ice.
1: Nevada State Museum
2: Special Collections, University Nevada Las Vegas