Fort Scott in Bourbon County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The quartermaster was the officer responsible for a multitude of functions needed to run a military post, including supply, subsistence, construction, and repair. Most of his operation took place here, in the area called the quartermaster complex. On a typical day around 1850, a clamor of activity would have filled the air. Wagons, horses, shouting, the clang of hammer on iron, even the smell of baking bread were all part of the scene.
The complex contained a storehouse, bakery, ice house, corrals, scale house, storage yards, and a large, rectangular quadrangle consisting of workshops and warehouses. The quadrangle area included carpenter, blacksmith, wheelwright, and saddler shops, corn cribs, grain bins, and stables for oxen and mules.
Of the complex's original structures, only the quartermaster storehouse, bake house, and one other stone building survive.
Erected 1998 by National Park Service.
Location. 37° 50.613′ N, 94° 42.223′ W. Marker is in Fort Scott, Kansas, in Bourbon County. Marker can be reached from Old Fort Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of Fort Scott National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Scott KS 66701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Where Was the Bathroom? (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Crack Post of the Frontier" (within shouting distance of this marker); Infantry Life (within shouting distance of this marker); Free to Learn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tallgrass Prairie Trail (about 300 feet away); Back Yards (about 300 feet away); The Heart of Fort Scott (about 300 feet away); "But I Can Fire a Pistol" (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Scott.
Also see . . . The Quartermaster at Fort Scott. (Submitted on September 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.