VA Hospital patient L. R. Boatman displays his merry-go-round
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Photograph was edited for publication purposes. The United States Veterans Administration Hospital, located at 13000 Sayre Street in Sylmar was the first Veterans Bureau hospital to be constructed on the Pacific Coast. It consisted of twenty buildings costing approximately $1,500,000 and had one of the finest tubercular institutions in the world. Upon completion, it could accommodate 232 beds, and in case of an emergency, could handle 1,000 cases. The American Legion medical committee headed by Dr. Browning, assisted the Veteran's Bureau in drawing the plans and superintending the work. The hospital stood until the earthquake on Feb. 9, 1971, when it collapsed. The site is now a tree-shaded park with a view of Pacoima Canyon and a plaque memorializing the quake's 65 dead. Photograph caption dated August 21, 1963 reads "Hospital worker Myrtle Masuda (right) admires his hobby show entry." The article partially reads "Patients at the San Fernando Veterans Administration Hospital will display their work during the 10th annual Patient Arts, Crafts and Hobby Show at 7:30 p.m. today." The other woman in the photograph is unidentified. The hospital was actually in Sylmar.
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