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U.S. Marine Hospital

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Part Number:BW-45

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Old US Marine Hospital

In 1837, Congress authorized the construction of the U.S. Marine Hospital in Louisville "for the benefit of sick seamen, boatmen, and other navigators on the western rivers and lakes." In the parlance of the day, "western rivers and lakes" referred to the Ohio and Mississippi river systems, and the Great Lakes. By the 1840s, steamboats dominated river traffic and were a major factor in the growth and development of industry. 

The hospital's site, midway between the Louisville and Portland wharves, was selected for the "beneficial effect of a view of the water, and the impressions and associations it would naturally awake in the minds of men whose occupation were so intimately connected with it."

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