Fort Dodge in Ford County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fort Dodge, named for Maj. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, was established here in 1865. It was a supply depot and base of operations against warring Plains Tribes. Custer, Sheridan, Miles, Hancock, "Wild Bill" Hickok and "Buffalo Bill" Cody are figures in its history. The site was an old camping ground for wagon trains near the western junction of the "Dry" and "Wet" routes of the Santa Fe trail. The first buildings were of sod and adobe although some of the troops lived in dugouts. Several of the stone buildings erected later are in use today. The fort was abandoned in 1882 and is now a state soldier's home.
The Spanish explorer, Coronado, is believed to have crossed the Arkansas river a few miles east of here in 1541.
Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 75.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society, and the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 44.034′ N, 99° 56.377′ W. Marker is in Fort Dodge, Kansas, in Ford County. Marker is on U.S. 400 ¼ mile west of Sheridan Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Dodge KS 67843, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Wagnor Memorial Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Storehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Dodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Commanding Officer's Quarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sutler Store (approx. ¼ mile away); Enlisted Men's Barracks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Dodge.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Dodge, Kansas. (Submitted on May 18, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Dodge in Kansas Cyclopedia (1912). (Submitted on May 18, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Kansas Soldiers' Home, Fort Dodge. (Submitted on May 18, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Exploration • Forts, Castles • Patriots & Patriotism • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.