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Fort Dodge in Ford County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Hospital

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2012
1. Hospital Marker
Inscription.

The first post hospital was built in 1865 of sod with a flat [illegible] and no floor. Poor drainage, damp conditions, and rodent infestation [illegible] the building unsatisfactory. This one-story stone building was begun [illegible] and was completed, after many interruptions, by February, 186[?]. [illegible] building provided a ward of twelve beds, a dispensary, and other [illegible] facilities. It was heated by stoves and lighted with candles [illegible]. African American troops were cared for in a five bed [illegible] five yards [illegible] to the west.

The health of the soldiers was surprisingly good [illegible] personal hygiene problems. The men could bathe in [illegible] otherwise there were no facilities. Diarrhea was the most [common?] complaint, but ailments from abcesses to wounds were treated. In [illegible] [a] cholera swept through the Kansas forts carried by soldiers marching [from] Missouri to New Mexico. Thirty cases occurred at Fort Dodge during [illegible] days in July. Twenty people died including Mrs. Isadore Douglas, wife [of the?] commanding officer. Major Douglas and their baby son also were [infected?] but recovered.

[A] two-story addition was built in 1901. The building served as a hospital [until?] 1928 when the brick structure on the hill to the north was erected.
 
Location.
Hospital and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2012
2. Hospital and Marker
37° 43.934′ N, 99° 56.218′ W. Marker is in Fort Dodge, Kansas, in Ford County. Marker is at the intersection of Custer Street and Garfield Street, on the right when traveling west on Custer Street. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Kansas Soldiers' Home. 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 walking distance of this marker. Commanding Officer's Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Storehouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Dodge (about 400 feet away); Enlisted Men's Barracks (about 500 feet away); Sutler Store (about 500 feet away); Wagnor Memorial Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Dodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Dodge.
 
More about this marker. Marker is damaged and difficult to read.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Dodge, Kansas. (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Dodge in Kansas Cyclopedia (1912). (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Evolution of the Military Hospital. (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Kansas Soldiers' Home, Fort Dodge. (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Hospital Datestone image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2012
3. Hospital Datestone

 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 7 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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