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Near Lake City in Marshall County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Laundress Quarters

 
 
The Laundress Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 12, 2016
1. The Laundress Quarters Marker
Inscription.  
The log buildings along the south side of the fort were used as officers quarters in the early years of the fort. When the brick officers' quarters were completed the log buildings became married enlisted men's and laundress quarters.

The laundress charged soldiers by the piece or at a monthly rate set by the commanding officer. The laundress collected the money the soldiers owed her directly from the paymaster.

The buildings were dismantled in the 1890s. Several archeological digs have uncovered where the buildings were located. Artifacts such as bottle fragments, doll pieces, ceramics and hardware were recovered during these digs.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 45° 39.428′ N, 97° 31.804′ W. Marker is near Lake City, South Dakota, in Marshall County. Marker can be reached from 434th Ave., 1˝ miles south of 118th Stret. The Marker is located .1 mile from the parking lot on the main foot path. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11907 434th Ave,, Lake City SD 57247, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. South Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Guard House (within shouting distance of this marker); Adjutant's Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Jackson Fisk Historic Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Sisseton (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers' Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commissary/Quartermaster Sergeant's Quarters (about 400 feet away).
 
Also see . . .  Fort Sisseton State Historic Park. (Submitted on February 3, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
 
The Laundress Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 12, 2016
2. The Laundress Quarters Marker
Buildings to the North including the Laundress Quarters image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 12, 2016
3. Buildings to the North including the Laundress Quarters
Fort Sisseton State Historic Park Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 6, 2015
4. Fort Sisseton State Historic Park Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2017. It was originally submitted on February 3, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 291 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 3, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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