— Nancy Owen Lewis, scholar-in-residence, School for Advanced Research
got hard to stop people from coming. They were fine if they were enrolling in one of these sanitariums, but they were worried about so many living in tents here.
“In about 1907, the City Council enacted legislation that prohibited consumptives from setting up tents in the city limits. Before that you could come, and for four dollars a week you could put up your tent, which all sounds pretty hard when you can’t even breathe. This was the era of heroic therapy. It became kind of a culture in America: the sleeping porch. Earlier in the 19th century, they said you should ride the range with an inscrutable bronco and go roping with the cowboys. That was found to be not a good idea, although the artist Theodore Van Soelen did that. He had TB, and he worked on a ranch and basically healed. The cure in the late 1800s was to build yourself up and go on pack trips, but at some point they realized it was