“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Williston in Williams County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)


Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
1. Hospital Marker
Captions: (center) Photograph of the 1871 hospital after it became the St. Elmo hotel.; (bottom center) Hospital Building Plans, Fort Buford, 1871.
Inscription.  Fort Buford had no hospital during the first year of its existence. In the fall of 1867, quarters originally constructed to house the interpreter and mechanic were pressed into service as a hospital. The following summer, the hospital was moved into a building originally uses as a barracks. Both of these buildings were unacceptable as hospitals. The first was too small, the second was poorly lighted and its kitchen located too close to the ward.
In 1871, a 24-bed hospital of wood frame construction was built at this location. It featured a two-story administration area, with one-story wards projecting from the north and south sides. It remained the post hospital until the fort was officially abandoned in 1895. It was then sold at auction and move to the nearby town of Buford where it became the St. Elmo hotel.
The post surgeon was usually a commissioned officer in the Army Medical Corps. Sometimes civilian doctors were hired by the army. In addition to managing the hospital, the post surgeon was responsible for the health of the garrison, including matters of diet, food preparation and sanitation. Medical reports produced by
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the post surgeon give today's historians a glimpse of the living conditions at Fort Buford.
Erected by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 47° 59.333′ N, 103° 59.941′ W. Marker is near Williston, North Dakota, in Williams County. Marker can be reached from 39th Lane Northwest near 153rd Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williston ND 58801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Guardhouse and Officer of the Guard Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder Magazine (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parade Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Infantry Barracks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Field Officers' Quarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Telegraph Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Buford Historic Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Buford State Historic Site (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williston.
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of Fort Buford State Historic Site.
Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
2. Hospital Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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