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

Water Wagon Shed

Fort Keogh Historic District

 
 
Water Wagon Shed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
1. Water Wagon Shed Marker
Inscription.  Hundreds of military and civilian residents at Fort Keogh made the fort’s water supply a primary concern. By 1879, two thousand feet of pipe had been laid and seven cisterns installed. A converted boiler pumped water from the Yellowstone River for the fort’s domestic use. After the initial building period from 1877 to 1880, frame and brick buildings began to replace the original log structures. This hipped-roof brick shed, constructed during the second building phase in October 1883, is the fort’s oldest surviving building. Its arched window openings and lack of ornamentation reflect the fort’s early architecture and the building’s utilitarian function: to house the heavy water wagon. A team of three mules pulled the wagon that delivered water, stored in wooden barrels, to Fort Keogh residents two or three times each week. Several days’ water supply was then stored in individual oak barrels. In 1934, New Deal monies were used to convert the shed to a truck garage. Later, the building housed firefighting and fencing equipment. The building was completely restored in 2004 in accordance with Federal Historical Preservation guidelines at a cost of
Water Wagon Shed and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
2. Water Wagon Shed and Marker
$125,000.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 22.875′ N, 105° 52.697′ W. Marker is in Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is on Fort Keogh Road near Business Interstate 94. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Miles City MT 59301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Horse Barn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Remount Depot Mess Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Keogh Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Tongue River (approx. 1.3 miles away); Riverside Park Steamboats (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Chappel Brothers Corporation (approx. 2.1 miles away); Photography (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Horse Nation and Native People (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miles City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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