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Jefferson Davis Hospital

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"Jeff Davis Hospital was originally opened in 1924, and was the first city-owned hospital that accepted indigent patients. The hospital itself was built on land donated to the city by Houston's founders, and unbeknownst to some, this land actually happened to be an 1800's cemetery filled with the remains of Houstonians from all walks of life––former slaves, Civil War veterans, victims of the yellow fever and cholera epidemics, and city aldermen. Whether or not the bodies were disinterred and moved is a matter of debate––it seems no one is sure. But until the 1980's some of the graves on the grounds were still marked, and bones were still being unearthed during various constructions on adjacent lots in 1986, so it would seem possible that the entire hospital still sits atop the final resting places of many dead."

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Jeff Davis Hospital...as in Jefferson Finis Davis, the one time President of the Confederate States of America? Wow...that took some serious balls to name something after him that long after the Civil War. Even in Texas that's seriously gutsy.

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Jeff Davis Hospital...as in Jefferson Finis Davis, the one time President of the Confederate States of America? Wow...that took some serious balls to name something after him that long after the Civil War. Even in Texas that's seriously gutsy.
Haha! And I suppose the hospital failed, just as Davis failed. But a place that offers free medical treatment? I'd go, even if it were called Satan's Hospital. Well, I think....

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Haha! And I suppose the hospital failed, just as Davis failed. But a place that offers free medical treatment? I'd go, even if it were called Satan's Hospital. Well, I think....
I didn't think of the whole failure correlation, but that's a thought. I was just laughing about how the south seems to kinda gloss right over political correctness on certain issues, which is fine. I just get a kick out of stuff like that. I actually looked up the hospital after I posted and I guess it's a pretty dangerous and creepy place to explore. They're supposedly restoring it for artist lofts and part of just recently burned down. Weird history and really good photos.

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I didn't think of the whole failure correlation, but that's a thought. I was just laughing about how the south seems to kinda gloss right over political correctness on certain issues, which is fine. I just get a kick out of stuff like that.
Does that make it more or less ironic that it was built atop the graves of Civil War vets?
I can't wait for the lofts. Hipsters will be able to say that they're eating in the spot where someone died of TB.

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I was wondering if anyone was going to bring up the grave yard. The first thing I thought of was that, being in Texas, I'm sure it was mostly confederate dead. It's a little odd that it wasn't really that long from the cemetery's origins (lots of Civil War Vets would still be alive in the mid 1920's) post war, to when the hospital was built. How could they not have known about the graves? It's not like Indian graves that could be hundreds of years old. It's kind of like they just didn't give a rip. Of course the best part is that it was a hospital catering to the poorer class...like former slaves and Blacks. Imagine the irony that they would have chosen to name it after a fairly hard core lifelong racist like Jeff Davis. Like I said, Texas is not concerned about political correctness, even before political correctness was invented.

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I was born at that hospital in 1985

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Does that make it more or less ironic that it was built atop the graves of Civil War vets?
I can't wait for the lofts. Hipsters will be able to say that they're eating in the spot where someone died of TB.
It's now the Elder Street Artists Lofts: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...es-4996185.php

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