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Dr. Berry opened a Glenwood Springs hospital, now the Elms Apts., in 1906

Willa Soncarty
Registrar, Frontier Historical Museum

When Dr. W. F. Berry passed through Glenwood Springs in 1903, he became impressed with the health resort possibilities of the community.

As creator of a successful sanitarium in Mount Clemens, Mich., Dr. Berry knew the moderate year-round climate and the gentle mineral waters of Glenwood Springs insured success.

Dr. Berry promised to return to Glenwood Springs and in August 1905 he opened a small practice here. It became the stepping stone to the establishment of a sanitarium.

In 1906, Dr. Berry constructed his massive two-story hospital at 512 10th St. It became the most modern health care facility in Glenwood Springs where the staff delivered babies and cared for the ill. Soon, however, the sanitarium suffered financial difficulty and Dr. Berry departed.

A group of Glenwood Springs businessmen assumed the hospital’s operations in 1908. They operated the hospital and a nursing school until 1937.

J. E. Sayre purchased the building and in 1937 converted it to a modern apartment complex. Today, the sanitarium continues to serve the housing needs of the community as the Elms Apartments.

Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum. Located at 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs, the museum’s summer hours are 11-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 945-4448.


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