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Location DB > United States > Alabama > Phenix City > Cobb Memorial Hospital
Cobb Memorial Hospital
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created by SilverRaven7 on 11/1/2009 8:29 PM
last modified by Opheliaism on 7/9/2012 9:39 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
5 stories, still some things left in there. The ER entrance at night looks like something out of Russia with the columns.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information

Phenix City, Alabama
United States
Owner: Phenix City Government
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    Some really interesting rooms with scientific equipment and similar things
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1947
    Closed: 2002
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    It opened 62 years ago, no doubt amid much postwar hope and fanfare, during the administration of Homer Cobb, mayor of Phenix City from 1944-50, and soon thereafter bore his name. Among the people said to have donated generously to its construction was Hoyt Shepherd, rackets kingpin in Phenix City’s wild and lawless days.

    The beginning of the end of those days would come on the night of June 18, 1954: Albert Patterson, who had won the Democratic nomination for Alabama attorney general on a platform of cleaning up the crime and corruption of which Phenix City was the epicenter, was gunned down in an alley beside his office in the Coulter Building on Fifth Avenue.

    He was pronounced dead on arrival at Cobb Memorial, where his son John, soon to be attorney general and then governor, would be summoned; also on hand would be Chief Deputy Albert Fuller, later convicted of the elder Patterson’s murder.

    In August of 1955 it was ground zero for a diphtheria epidemic in Russell County, so severe that isolation tents had to be put up on the hospital grounds. In 1956 a Columbus businessman named Luico Flowers was hospitalized at Cobb Memorial under an assumed name; he would later be charged in the shooting death of Dr. T.H. Brewer, Columbus NAACP leader.

    The hospital seemed near resuscitation only a year after it closed, when a developer made plans to turn it into an outpatient surgery center in collaboration with prominent Birmingham sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews. But the application was withdrawn in 2004.

    The January 12, 2012 'Citizen' (Phenix City's weekly paper) stated that an award had been given to a demolition company. They were given 180 days to demolish the hospital.
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     Future Plans
    The building was recently bought by the Phenix City Government. It's currently being demolished and will be replaced by a new government building. Demolition began a couple of weeks ago and is scheduled to be complete by late September.

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    Cobb Memorial pics
    Mon, Nov 15th, 2010
    posted by Sheavy
    21 pictures
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    Various Cobb
    Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
    posted by andyhal
    10 pictures
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    Sun, Jul 8th, 2012
    posted by Anonymous
    5 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 7/9/2012 9:39 AM.

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  • on Jul 9 12 at 9:39, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jul 9 12 at 9:39, Opheliaism changed the following: Status
  • on Jul 8 12 at 14:56, bronco7766 updated gallery Demolition
  • on Jul 8 12 at 14:56, bronco7766 updated gallery Demolition
  • on Jul 8 12 at 14:55, bronco7766 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jul 8 12 at 14:54, bronco7766 updated gallery Demolition
  • on Jul 8 12 at 14:54, bronco7766 updated gallery Demolition
  • on Jul 8 12 at 14:54, bronco7766 updated gallery Demolition
  • on Jul 8 12 at 14:53, bronco7766 updated gallery Demolition
  • on Jul 8 12 at 14:53, bronco7766 created a new gallery
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    You must log in for this feature to work.So has anyone actually been in here?YoelT159611/15/2010 3:14 AM by Sheavy
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