Banner in Sheridan County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Quartermaster Corral:
Civilian Quarters, Storage, and Shops
While not as well built and fortified as the military stockade to the north, the quartermaster’s stockade provided protection for the Quartermaster Department’s supplies, draft animals, work shops and civilian employees. Most of the supplies brought to the fort, either by wagons up the Bozeman Trail or by contractors working local resources, came into the quartermaster’s corral.
As with the military stockade, the buildings in this area were often improved or replaced over time, as needs, available material and labor allowed.
By April 1867, the Quartermaster Department was employing 52 civilians, including mail carriers, guides, carpenters, wagon masters, coal miners, stock herders, and others.
Maintaining Fort Phil Kearny was expensive: laborers were paid $35-$45 a month, three times the salary of an army enlisted man, while guides made from $5 to $10 a day, almost as much as an army colonel.
A List of Structures
1. Quartermaster Office
2. Teamsters Mess Hall
3. Wagonmaster’s Office
4. Teamster’s Quarters
5. Civilian Dwelling (Fishers)
6. Washington’s Eatery
8. Ice House
9. Southwest Blockhouse
10. Hay Corral
11. Civilian Quarters or Stables
12. Cattle Pen/Water Corral
13. Water Detail
14. Lower Saw Mill
15. Wagon Park
16. Mechanics Quarters
18. Weight Scales
19. Wagon Shop
20. Blacksmith Shop
21. Civilian Dwelling
Location. 44° 31.847′ N, 106° 49.543′ W. Marker is in Banner, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker can be reached from Wagon Box Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located inside Fort Phil Kearny. Marker is in this post office area: Banner WY 82832, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Magazine: (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lesson Learned (about 300 feet away); The Cavalryman’s Quarters: (about 300 feet away); Laundress Row: (about 400 feet away); The Hospital (about 400 feet away); Post Commander’s Quarters: (about 500 feet away); The Civilians: (about 500 feet away); The Guard House: (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Banner.
More about this marker. The upper portion of the marker is a map showing the locations of the structures listed in the text.
Also see . . . Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.