Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Infantry Barracks / Laundresses' Quarters
From 1873 to 1886, 11 companies of infantry were stationed here, with one or two companies usually on duty. They protected ranches and railroads, provided escorts, and watched waterholes for Apaches resisting confinement on the reservation. The infantryman was less mobile and less expensive to maintain than his counterpart in the cavalry. He rarely saw combat in Arizona Territory.
The laundresses' quarters at Fort Lowell sat northeast of the infantry barracks. They consisted of 8 adobe structures, each of which had two 15-by-15 foot rooms.
From 1803 until 1883, when the army phased them out, laundresses were the only women with official status in the army. Commanders appointed 4 laundresses from each company and furnished them with rations, fuel, transportation, medical
Lt. Col. George A. Forsyth, a post commander of Fort Lowell, observed of the laundresses, "They were good, honest, industrious wives, usually well on in years, minutely familiar with their rights which they dared to maintain with acrimonious volubility, as became the martially inclined, and they were ever ready for a fight, yet they were kind at heart if rough in manner, always ready to assist in times of distress."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • Wars, US Indian • Women.
Location. 32° 15.637′ N, 110° 52.426′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker can be reached from North Craycroft Road. Marker is in Fort Lowell Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2900 North Craycroft Road, Tucson AZ 85712, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Post Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Lowell 1873-1891 / Post Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Cavalry Barracks and Band Barracks (within shouting Fort Lowell (within shouting distance of this marker); Cottonwood Lane (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Lowell (about 300 feet away); The Fort Lowell Flagstaff (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 31, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.