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Fort Sill in Comanche County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Post Guardhouse

 
 
Post Guardhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 10, 2015
1. Post Guardhouse Marker
Inscription. This building was constructed in 1872-73 by the "Buffalo Soldiers" of the 10th Cavalry Regiment, after the barracks and quarters of the Post were completed. Prior to this time, prisoners were kept in the basement of the Cavalry barracks immediately north. Some Indian prisoners were also temporarily confined within the walls of the large ice house northeast of the quadrangle.

Soldiers who violated military rules were confined here as were hostile Indian leaders and also civilian outlaws from Texas, Kansas and Arkansas seeking asylum in the Indian Territory. U.S. Marshals with jurisdiction over the Territory frequently deposited or retrieved prisoners from the Guardhouse to be tried in federal court elsewhere.

During more peaceful times, stray dogs were rounded up and brought to the Guardhouse to await their fate. "Good" dogs, otherwise interpreted as hunting dogs, were adopted out to eager participants. Other dogs that were not considered good hunters were permanently disposed of.

From the mundane to more significant events, the Guardhouse remained a focus of activity until a new confinement facility was constructed farther west in 1910.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Buffalo Soldiers marker series.
 
Location. 34° 40.141′ 
Post Guardhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 10, 2015
2. Post Guardhouse Marker
Marker is the left of the photo
N, 98° 23.288′ W. Marker is in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in Comanche County. Click for map. Fort Sill is an active U.S. military installation. Appropriate identification is required for access. Marker is at or near this postal address: 336 Geronimo Road, Fort Sill OK 73503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Infantry Barracks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Headquarters (about 500 feet away); Post Chapel (approx. mile away); 280mm Heavy Motorized Gun M65 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Proud American (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Sill (approx. half a mile away); Quinette Crossing (approx. 0.7 miles away); Satank Killed (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Sill.
 
Regarding Post Guardhouse. Native American legend Geronimo was also housed here multiple times
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
Post Guardhouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 10, 2015
3. Post Guardhouse
Post Guardhouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 10, 2015
4. Post Guardhouse
Interior display
Entrance to Geronimo's Cell image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 10, 2015
5. Entrance to Geronimo's Cell
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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