Maybury State Park sits west of Northville in the Metro Detroit area. The land was originally developed in 1919 as the Detroit Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium, the facility was later named for William H. Maybury who spearheaded its development and actually oversaw its construction. The sanitarium had around forty buildings and could generate power and grow most of its own food. It served as a quarantine and recovery center for people with tuberculosis. At that time, there was no cure for tuberculosis and the sanitarium provided comfort for the patients suffering from the disease. After the development of antibiotics tuberculosis was not as common and the sanitarium was closed in 1969. Most of the buildings had been torn down by 1975 when the State of Michigan acquired the land and redeveloped it into Maybury State Park. A metal sign with the words Maybury Sanitarium stands over the entrance for the hiking trails reminding visitors of the buildings that once stood there.
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