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Near Mandan in Morton County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Barracks

 
 
Barracks Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, August 11, 2019
1. Barracks Marker
Inscription.  The barracks served as quarters for the 123 men of the two companies of the 6th Infantry who built Fort McKeen.

Soldiers prepared their meals and dined in the mess hall and kitchen located at the rear of the building. Bunks with bed-sacks filled with hay and covered with wool blankets were used for bedding. Soldiers used wool greatcoats as blankets or for pillows. Clothing was hung on peg strips on the walls by the bunks and personal items were locked in small footlockers. Privacy was nonexistent.

The enlisted men's quarters were uncomfortable dwellings. Hot in the summer and almost unbearably cold in winter.

After the long, cold winters, soldiers looked forward to spring and the excitement of a potential campaign.
 
Erected by North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles.
 
Location. 46° 46.194′ N, 100° 51.153′ W. Marker is near Mandan, North Dakota, in Morton County. Marker can be reached from Fort Lincoln Road. Located in

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Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4480 Fort Lincoln Rd, Mandan ND 58554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scouts (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder Magazines (within shouting distance of this marker); Laundress' Quarter: "Suds Row" (within shouting distance of this marker); Schoolhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers' Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Hospital (about 300 feet away); Blockhouses & Palisades (about 400 feet away); Fort Abraham Lincoln Infantry Post (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mandan.
 
Site of infantry barracks, marked by cornerstones. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, August 11, 2019
2. Site of infantry barracks, marked by cornerstones.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2020, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 19, 2020, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
 
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Apr. 18, 2024