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Near Miles City in Custer County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Remount Depot Mess Hall

Fort Keogh Historic District

 
 
Remount Depot Mess Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
1. Remount Depot Mess Hall and Marker
The marker is to the left of the stairs.
Inscription.  Breaking and training thousands of horses at Fort Keogh for the U.S. military and Allied French and British forces was crucial during World War I because of the military’s reliance on horse-drawn transportation. This two-story mess hall served employees and civilian cowboys who worked on the ranch. Constructed in 1920 near the end of Fort Keogh’s days as a Remount Station at a cost of $15,000, the wood-frame building featured many windows, high ceilings, hot water, steam heat, and electric lights. The main floor originally had five rooms and the basement three rooms. Records show that the basement housed the heating plant and storage for coal and the commissary. In 1924, ownership of the fort transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Husbandry, by an act of Congress. The mess hall was subsequently remodeled to serve as the USDA administrative headquarters. It served in that capacity until the construction of a new administrative building in 1970. Today, the building serves as a storage area and carpenter’s shop.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This
Remount Depot Mess Hall image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
2. Remount Depot Mess Hall
historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 22.854′ N, 105° 53.037′ W. Marker is near Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker can be reached from Fort Keogh Road near Business Interstate 94. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 243 Fort Keogh Road, Miles City MT 59301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Keogh Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Horse Barn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Water Wagon Shed (approx. ¼ mile away); The Tongue River (approx. 1.4 miles away); Riverside Park Steamboats (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Chappel Brothers Corporation (approx. 2.3 miles away); Photography (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Horse Nation and Native People (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miles City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 8, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 8, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
 
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Feb. 25, 2021