Cresson San group seeks funds for marker
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account has been established at a local bank in hopes the public will make contributions toward the cost of a historical marker
denoting the Cresson Sanatorium, which was established to treat tuberculous a century ago.
Former residents and
employees of the San, as it is known, are working to raise $1,800 needed for the state to have the roadside marker manufactured
and installed near the entrance to the site.
“To me, it’s a dream come true. This has been a real team
effort,” said Cresson resident and retired registered nurse Etta Albright. “I will be so relieved when the marker
actually gets installed.”
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission approved two historical markers
for Cambria County in September, one for the San and another for a site on the Underground Railroad in Geistown.
Tight funding at the state level now places responsibility for paying for the makers on local efforts, commission spokesman
Howard Pollman said recently.
A small group of volunteers began the application process months ago. Approval came
only after they spelled out the role the San played in the treatment of and a cure for TB not only statewide but also internationally,
The fund has been set up at the 1st Summit Bank, according to Chuck Felton, a Texas resident who
spent 16 months at the San during his high school years.
Felton started a website on the San three years ago, a
step that resulted in a reunion two years ago and a 100th anniversary celebration earlier this year.
will be like the icing on the cake, Albright said.
The group has set about raising the money but has yet to finalize
the wording that will appear on the marker, she said.
When completed, it will be placed along Admiral Peary Highway
near the entrance to the now-closed State Correctional Institution-Cresson.
The San was built in 1913 on land donated
by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie and operated by the state Department of Health until the early 1960s as one of three TB sanatoriums
Now numbering more than two dozen buildings, the property was
used for about a decade
for those with special needs.
It became a prison in the 1970s but now is dormant following the June 30 closure
by the state Department of Corrections.
Donations can be made to the account at: 1st Summit Bank, 7538 Admiral
Peary Highway, Cresson, Pa. 16630.
Checks should be made payable to Cresson San Reunion with the term “marker
account” on the memo line, Felton said.