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Abercrombie in Richland County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Laundresses Quarters

 
 
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Photographed By Connor Olson, June 14, 2021
1. Laundresses Quarters Marker
Inscription.  In front of you was a long row of crude log buildings. In 1868 Assistant Surgeon W.H. Gardner described these buildings as quarters for married soldiers.

On later maps of Fort Abercrombie, these log buildings are listed as laundresses quarters. "Suds Row" was a slang term to describe the part of the fort where the laundresses lived.

Laundress

Laundresses were a common part of frontier army forts. These working-class women lived at the fort with permission from the commanding officer. They were hired to do the laundry for the soldiers living at the fort. Laundresses set their own fees with each individual soldier. It was hard work, but a good laundress would often make more money than the soldiers she served.

Laundresses often were married to one of the noncommissioned officers or enlisted soldiers. In this case, the soldier could move out of the barracks and into the quarters like the ones shown on the sketch to the left.
 
Erected by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles

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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
 
Location. 46° 26.637′ N, 96° 43.113′ W. Marker is in Abercrombie, North Dakota, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from Broadway North (County Road 4) near Abercrombie Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 935 Broadway N, Abercrombie ND 58001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hospital (a few steps from this marker); Sutler / Post Trader (within shouting distance of this marker); Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); Surgeon’s & Chaplain’s Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Abercrombie (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Guardhouse (about 400 feet away); Headquarters (about 400 feet away); Barracks (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abercrombie.
 
Laundresses Quarters Marker and Site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, June 14, 2021
2. Laundresses Quarters Marker and Site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 12, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 14, 2024