Before Ivinson Memorial Hospital opened in 1917, of the over 23 “hospitals” in Albany County, nearly 20 were in private homes. One of the longest-running of these was the Sydenham private hospital at 264 North 2nd Street.
An old landmark of Laramie has come to light with the opening of the new Snowy Range Bridge over the railroad tracks. It is a large stone building, a remnant of Laramie’s original glass factory. It sits behind the Gas Light Motel on 3rd Street, especially visible when traveling east over the tracks and looking to the left.
When Ivinson Memorial Hospital (IMH) opened one hundred years ago, it was because of a large gift from one person, Edward Ivinson. This local philanthropist’s gift of land and $50,000 amounts to at least $1,180,400 in today’s dollars, according to one estimate. The hospital was constructed on what is today Ivinson Ave., between 10th and 11th Streets.