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The Orange Memorial Hospital, which has lain abandoned since it closed two decades ago, is at the center of an eminent domain battle that preservationists think could result in its demolition as well as other historic properties.
In this series, Jersey Digs explores a small suburban hospital in Orange, New Jersey, that became a landmark institution.
In the early 20th century, Trollies, trains, horses, bikes, and cars all scrambled on lawless roads. Deaths and injuries were commonplace. To help the situation, the Lackawanna Railroad eliminated 19 deadly grade crossings in Orange and East Orange. The yearlong project, which began in 1922, will soon mark a centennial.
About a century ago, a small suburban hospital in Orange, became a sprawling, world-class medical facility funded by the era’s most famous philanthropists. But this landmark institution had a tragic, mysterious ending.