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

Officers in Tents

 
 
Officers in Tents Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
1. Officers in Tents Marker
Inscription.

Sometimes officers shared quarters on officers' row, three or four men to a house. Housing was assigned by rank and seniority within that rank. If a higher-ranking officer was transferred to the fort, he could bump a lower ranking officer out of the house. This was called "ranking out." If all homes were occupied, the lowest ranking officers (and their families, if they had them) lived in tents on the fort grounds.

Some officers put together more than one tent for their dwelling with another tent nearby to serve as a kitchen. These tents were treated as home and were equipped with furniture, décor, wood-burning stoves, and in some cases, wood floors. But with blowing snow in winter and oppressive summer heat, these campers were still "roughing it."
 
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 51.731′ N, 99° 20.635′ 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 this marker. Sentinel Hill (here, next to this marker); Fort Hays Military Cemetery
Officers in Tents Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
2. Officers in Tents Photo on Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Well House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Hays - Fort Dodge Road Trailhead (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers' Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Enlisted Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Parade Ground (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.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMan-Made FeaturesPatriots & PatriotismWars, US Indian
 
Officers in Tents Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
3. Officers in Tents Marker
Looking northwest
Officers in Tents Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
4. Officers in Tents Marker
In right foreground. Looking southwest
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 406 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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