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Mammoth Hot Springs in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

A Soldier's Life

 
 
A Soldier's Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, March 23, 2009
1. A Soldier's Life Marker
Inscription. A solider lived with the rest of his company in the Troop Barracks (structure in front of you).

A typical day began at 5:30 am, at the stable, just behind the barracks where the horses were fed. From that time until almost noon, soldiers groomed their mounts, inspected their equipment, and fed and watered the horses at least one more time.

The rest of the day might be spent patrolling the Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces to prevent visitors from chipping away souvenirs, practicing on the firing range, or participating in ceremonies and demonstrations for visiting dignitaries.

At the Post Exchange (structure to the left of you) a soldier with free time could spend it in the gymnasium or bowling alley, or could play cards, drink beer, and buy sundries.

If this entertainment became too stale, he might walk five miles to the town of Gardiner, Montana. There he could drink, gamble, and visit the "houses of ill repute." Of course, after the fun, the five mile hike uphill to the post was a stern reminder of the "wages of sin."

Upper left photo caption - Interior view of cavalry barracks, circa 1910.

Lower right photo caption - Interior view of the Fort Yellowstone Post Exchange, circa 1900 (this structure was replaced by the present building in 1905).
 
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A Soldier's Life Marker in front of barracks image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, March 23, 2009
2. A Soldier's Life Marker in front of barracks
National Park Service.
 
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 44° 58.531′ N, 110° 41.9′ W. Marker was in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker was on Officer's Row 0.1 miles from Mammoth Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is directly in front of the barracks building, which is along an unnamed side street off Officer's Row. Marker was in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named A Soldier’s Life (a few steps from this marker); The Post Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); A Good Duty Station (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Life in the Fort (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Drill Field (was about 400 feet away but has been reported permanently removed. ); From Soldier to Ranger (was about 400 feet away but has been reported permanently removed. ); a different marker also named From Soldier to Ranger (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Historic Fort Yellowstone (was about 400 feet away but has been reported permanently removed. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mammoth Hot Springs.
 
More about this marker.
Soldier's Barraks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 9, 2018
3. Soldier's Barraks
The new marker is located near the center of this photo.
This marker was removed and replaced with another marker nearby, also called A Soldier's Life.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 28, 2011, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 475 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on September 10, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2011, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on September 10, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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