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social organizations and governmental departments are trying hard to solve. ♪ home again. part of the journey. tuberculosis threatens every doorstep. safe until every home is safe. ♪ >> all weekend, american history tv is in colorado springs, colorado.
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the area was nicknamed the city of millionaires. staff visitedtour many sites learning about the city's history. >> because of our fantastic terrific arid climate, and also because of a great opportunity for recreation. .remendous park system you can spend every day and something equivalent to the national park right outside your back door. as1871, we became known destination for people with
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tuberculosis. it was the leading killer in the 19th century in the united states. it affected just about everybody in the country. onlyg the early years, the treatment that was offered to people with newly diagnosed tuberculosis was to go out west and to seek a cure. people would come to colorado springs on the recommendation of a doctor, who would tell them to , get out of cure your urban environment and leave your job in a factory and to go seek health care. for "ade it attractive lungers" was the fresh air and the sunshine. it as a destination
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for people with tuberculosis. it was one of our first and only industries, health care. it was founded in a place without a major industry and health care became the major industry. in the early years, they would take the waters and spend time in the great outdoors and using those methods was a form of treatment. after the founding in 1871, a new method for treating it was developed and that was called the sanatorium movement. whenwere less active treating the disease. it was managed health care in
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which you were under the close supervision of doctors and nurses who provided a daily regimen of rest, fresher, an monitoring by, health care professionals. those things combined help to lead to a cure 60% of the time. we have a rich collection related to tuberculosis treatment and the health care industry and one of them is this cola bottle. it contains the bulk of arm a rural springs in the area -- the bulk of our mineral springs in the area and you can still go there today. we packaged a lot of water and the water initially was one of the key reasons why people came
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here, what they called promenade promiading from spring to spring. activities was a result of tb patients who came and stayed. one example of that is a man van briggle. towas a potter who came here escape tuberculosis. this is a photo of him working on a piece of his cup. it was one of his most recognizable pieces. have,ternational claim we
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we have one of the cups from his pottery in our collection. this is from 1920. part ofeen an active our community sense he came to colorado -- since he came to colorado springs. it is collectible all across the world. people come from all over the world to visit the museum today to do research. colorado springs market itself for health care. this is one of the pamphlets put together by the chamber of commerce from the early 20th century. we promoted ourselves all over the country and the world as a for people with
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health care issues, especially tuberculosis. ourselves as location that was free from all germ life. i do not know if that claim would hold water today. interpretsowns and [indiscernible] there would have been similar huts and all of the sanatorium's around the community. their pattern off of american indian teepees. -- they are patterned off of american indian teepees. he designed these for natural airflow. it flows from the bottom up to the top to maximize the amount of fresh air.
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one patient assigned to each of these huts. isolate designed to patients, to help them understand the communicable nature of the disease and to teach them about sanitary conditions and health care practices so that when they go back to their homes, to their jobs and families, they can help to spread that information instead of the disease. lasted fromum era the late 1880's until after world war ii. an antibiotic was discovered to cure -- to treat tuberculosis chemically. -- byend of world war ii,
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the end of world war ii, this part of our history was coming to an end. what had been a major industry was going away. what we did was we attracted the military and today, colorado springs is affiliated with military, five major installations here in colorado springs. , thisart of our history idea of colorado springs as a military town is simply an evolution for colorado springs as a health resort. throughout the weekend, american history tv is featuring colorado springs, colorado. we recently traveled there to learn about its rich history. lauren moore -- learn more at
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