Barnes Hospital

Barnes married into a prominent local family, but his heart was broken when the couple's two children died in infancy. Barnes died in 1892, two years after his wife. With no heirs, he left a bequest of $850,000 to build "a modern general hospital for sick and injured persons, without distinction of creed..."

Barnes had named several of the city's most astute businessmen as his trustees, and placed the proposed hospital under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, a denomination known for its wise use of donations to aid the poor.

Ambulance, 1892 Surgical Ward, Children's, 1890s