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Near Sinclair in Carbon County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Enlisted Men's Barracks

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
1. Enlisted Men's Barracks Marker
Inscription. Two stone foundations and chimneys remain of the five enlisted men's barracks once at Fort Fred Steele. The walls were constructed of logs and boards and battens while a shingled roof protected pine floor boards. Tar paper covered interior walls. Kitchens doubled as mess and washrooms, and iron bedsteads took up most of the floor space.
Enlisted life in the frontier army could only be characterized as boring, with inadequate salaries and a monotonous diet. Most soldiers spent their days drilling and digging ditches. Social activities for enlisted men were limited and alcohol consumption prompted periodic orders from the commanding officer restricting saloon activities.
In 1892 the barracks buildings, sold at auction with other fort structures, were purchased by private citizens. Only the two central barracks remained when the first transcontinental auto road, the Lincoln Highway, passed through the town of Fort Steele in the 1920's. The road bridged the Platte River directly north of the town and passed close by the old army barracks, one of which was given a new function as a gasoline station.
The last two barracks were destroyed by fires set by vandals on New Year's Eve, 1976.
 
Erected by Wyoming Recreation Commission.
 
Location.
Enlisted Men's Barracks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
2. Enlisted Men's Barracks Marker
41° 46.693′ N, 106° 56.817′ W. Marker is near Sinclair, Wyoming, in Carbon County. Marker can be reached from County Route 347 near Interstate 80, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sinclair WY 82334, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Fred Steele after 1886 (a few steps from this marker); Fort Fred Steele (within shouting distance of this marker); Viewing the Fort Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); The Passenger's Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Lincoln Highway... (within shouting distance of this marker); This January 1880 plan of Fort Fred Steele... (within shouting distance of this marker); Wild Times In Benton! (within shouting distance of this marker); Thornburgh's Command (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sinclair.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site. The site is on County Road 347, north of the Interstate 80 Exit 228 and north of the railroad tracks.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesRoads & Vehicles
 
Enlisted Men's Barracks image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
3. Enlisted Men's Barracks
Enlisted Men's Barracks image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
4. Enlisted Men's Barracks
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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