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Partial List of Major Railroad Hospitals in the United States

By Robert S. Gillespie


These are all the major railroad hospitals of which RailwaySurgery.org is  aware.  They were not all in operation at the same time.  Visit the Image Gallery to see pictures of most of these hospitals.  Undoubtedly there were others; if you have information, please email us.  This list does not include the many “emergency hospitals” located at various railroad facilities.  The “emergency hospitals” were more like small clinics and not true hospitals. 



Railroad (at time of opening)

Hospital Location(s)


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe

Albuquerque, NM



Clovis, NM

 8th and Hinkle Streets; Sold in 1949 and converted to Central Baptist Church; old locomotive bell donated by Santa Fe for bell tower (see Santa Fe Magazine, Oct. 1953, in the Archive)


Las Vegas, NM



La Junta, CO



Ottawa, KS



Mulvane, KS



Topeka, KS

 Built 1898-99; expanded some time prior to 1953; 1898-99 building replaced 1953 (180 beds); another expansion some time after 1953; see photos in Gallery and article on p. 212 of The Railway Surgeon, 9/22/1896, in the Archive

Central of Georgia

Savannah, GA


Chesapeake and Ohio

Clifton Forge, VA



Huntington, WV


Denver and Rio Grande Western

Salida, CO


Florida East Coast

St. Augustine, FL



St. Louis, MO

4960 Laclede Ave; now used as Parkside Tower Nursing Home (2007)

Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe

Temple, TX

600 South 25th Street; Now Scott and White Health System; original building, now called Santa Fe Center, used as skilled nursing facility and clinic (2006)

Illinois Central

Chicago, IL

5800 Stony Island Avenue; 300 beds; became Doctors Hospital of Hyde Park; closed 2000 amid Medicare scandal


Paducah, KY



New Orleans, LA


Lehigh Valley

Sayre, PA

Now Guthrie Health system


Parsons, KS



Sedalia, MO



Denison, TX


Missouri Pacific

Little Rock, AR



St. Louis, MO

1755 S. Grand Blvd.; 375 beds; now Anheuser-Busch Eye Institute/St. Louis University (2006)


Palestine, TX

 Originally International & Great Northern Hospital; now vacant; conversion to low-income clinic proposed (2007)

Norfolk and Western

Norfolk, VA


Northern Pacific

St. Paul, MN



Glendive, MT



Missoula, MT



Tacoma, WA

 801 E. Wright Ave., Opened 1905; Closed 1968; Demolished 1973

Santa Fe Coast Lines

Los Angeles, CA


Southern Pacific

Sacramento, CA

First railroad hospital – later moved to San Francisco


San Francisco, CA

333 Baker (at Fell); closed 1974; Converted to Mercy Terrace senior housing in 1982-83 (2006)


Tucson, AZ

Tuberculosis sanitarium


Houston, TX

2015 Thomas St.  Building now serves as Thomas Street Health Center (2006)

St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)

Texarkana, AR


Texas and Pacific

Marshall, TX



Decatur, IL



Moberly, MO



Peru, IN


Western Pacific

Portola, CA




Compiled from multiple sources.



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