Hays in Ellis County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The native limestone guardhouse replaced an earlier wooden structure in 1872. It included a room for the non-commissioned officer of the guard, the guardroom, and the military prison, which included three solitary cells.
Most prisoners were enlisted men, held for disorderly conduct, insubordination, desertion, and even murder. Prisoners slept on straw bed sacks on the stone floor until 1881 when a "banquette" or platform was built. Soldiers on 24-hour guard duty looked after prisoners and tended to fort security.
Some of the original soldiers' carvings in the limestone blocks of the guardhouse are still visible, including the name of Sergeant Thomas Kenny, who was at Fort Hays for four years until it was abandoned in 1889. Kenny was a marksman and participated in military shooting competitions at Fort Leavenworth and Kansas City.
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
Location. 38° 51.71′ N, 99° 20.646′ 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 Fort Hays Military Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Sentinel Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers in Tents (within shouting distance of this marker); Well House (within shouting distance of this marker); Bake House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Hays - Fort Dodge Road Trailhead (about 400 feet away); Officers' Row (about 400 feet away); Enlisted Barracks (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hays.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Hays State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Hays State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Man-Made Features • Wars, US Indian •
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