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Hays in Ellis County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Parade Ground

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
1. Parade Ground Marker
Inscription.

The field before you is the parade ground. Approximately the size of two football fields, the parade ground was bordered on four sides by roads whose ditches are still visible.

The parade ground was a hub of activity at the post. Soldiers performed drills, had dress parades, and trained in marching and movements. Bugle calls were given from the base of the 85-foot-tall flagpole. This was also a space for relaxation and entertainment. Concerts were performed, soldiers played baseball, and officers’ families played croquet here.

We have enjoyed with fresh zest the daily martial routine – reveille, guard-mount, drill, inspection, parade. We still start and tremble at the boom of the morning and evening gun. The fife thrills us; the drum rouses us, especially at reveille.
- Grace Greenwood, August 1873
 
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 51.766′ N, 99° 20.605′ W. Marker is in Hays, Kansas, in Ellis County. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of Fort Hays State Historic Site, off US Hwy 163 Alternate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1472 US Highway 163 Alternate, Hays KS 67601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
Parade Ground Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
2. Parade Ground Photo on Marker
this marker. Officers' Row (here, next to this marker); Enlisted Barracks (a few steps from this marker); Fort Hays - Fort Dodge Road Trailhead (a few steps from this marker); Fort Hays (within shouting distance of this marker); Commanding Officer's House (within shouting distance of this marker); Monarch of the Plains (within shouting distance of this marker); Commissary Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers in Tents (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Hays.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Hays State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Hays State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Fort Hays at Kansapedia. (Submitted on September 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWars, US Indian
 
Parade Ground and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
3. Parade Ground and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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