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Story: In 1899, Colonel Frederick Wilhelm Victor Blees built the Blees Military Academy with his promise "I promised the people of this community that within ten years they should have the strongest military institution in the entire state of MO". At the time of his death at age 46, this place was known throughout the US and was classified as being second only to West Point as a premier military facility. In 1912 the buildings were sold to Drs. Charles and Harry Still, the son's of Dr Andrew Taylor Still who was the founder of osteopathic medicine. They approached Dr. Aurthur Hildreth about turning the military academy into a hospital. He agreed to manage it and in March 1914, the Worlds' First Osteopathic Sanatorium Hospital opened with 3 patients. The hospital closed in 1965. Still built underground tunnels connecting the buildings to transfer patients. It is known that there are many tunnels around Macon.

Submitted by: Kelly Petre    Date: 8/5/2013

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Date: 9/1/2011
: AAA Midwest Traveler /   
Headline: A Stroke of American Genius - CLICK HERE

Date: 8/7/2011
: St. Louis Today / Jim Winnerman 
Headline: Get Your Kicks on Route 36 - CLICK HERE

Date: 9/29/2010
: Quincy Herald / Mary Poletti 
Headline: Visitor Center will bring green amenities to shores of Mark Twain Lake - CLICK HERE

Date: 9/28/2010
: Highway 36 Heritage Alliance /   
Headline: Annual Meeting Agenda - CLICK HERE

Date: 9/23/2010
: Chillicothe News /   
Headline: Group Promote U.S. 36 - CLICK HERE

Date: 7/12/2010
: Macon Herald / James Tolson 
Headline: Local man portrays Theodore Gary - CLICK HERE

Date: 7/11/2010
: KOMU Radio - Columbia /   
Headline: Highway 36 Opens in Macon - CLICK HERE

Date: 7/10/2010
: St. Joseph News Press NOW /   
Headline: Carrying Dreams Across Missouri - CLICK HERE

Date: 7/10/2010
: Quincy Herald / Doug Wilson 
Headline: U.S. 36 celebration: Voters, local leaders made four-lane road possible - CLICK HERE

Date: 7/10/2010
: Quincy Herald / Jack Briggs 
Headline: Highway 36: A history with some personal remembrances - CLICK HERE

Date: 7/9/2010
: Heartland Connection /   
Headline: Highway 36 becomes four lanes across Missouri - CLICK HERE

Date: 7/7/2010
: Chillicothe News / Catherine Stortz Ripley 
Headline: U.S. 36 Now Complete - CLICK HERE

Date: 5/2/2010
: St. Joseph News Press NOW / Ray Scherer 
Headline: CD will detail historic, scenic Highway 36 - CLICK HERE

Date: 1/1/2010
: St. Joseph CVB /   
Headline: Pony Express Sesquicentennial Events - CLICK HERE

Date: 10/1/2009
: Show-Me Missouri Magazine / Elizabeth Hey 
Headline: Highway 36 - the Way of the American Genius - CLICK HERE

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