Duke Sanitarium

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Duke Sanitarium
Opened 1901
Closed 1920
Current Status Demolished
Building Style Single Building
Location Guthrie, OK
Alternate Names


Soon after coming to Guthrie in 1900 from the Connecticut State Hospital at Middletown, Connecticut, Doctor John Williams Duke established a sanitarium for the treatment of mental and nervous diseases, known as the Duke Sanitarium. The building was completed in 1909 and doors opened shortly after. The institution was private, and at the time of building contained beds for 20 patients. Records show in 1910 a count of 11 white patients, 9 Native, and 1 foreign born. By 1921 the institution continued to be private but held 50 beds. Duke owned and successfully operated the building (as well as serving as Guthrie's Mayor and other state appointed positions) until his death on October 10, 1920. In 1958 the building was purchased and became the Swansburger Chronic & Convalescent Hospital.