Near Brackettville in Kinney County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Palisado Building Kitchen / Mess Room
This structure was built by the U.S. Army in 1869-70 and is an example of vertical post or jacal construction, used due to the absence of trees tall enough for traditional horizontal log construction. African American “Buffalo Soldiers” of the 25th Infantry built the rectangular plan structure with wood shingle roof for use as a mess room located behind their new stone barracks. The building was later a company storeroom, tailor shop and amusement hall. Some sources mistakenly identified this building as the “Robert E. Lee Building,” even though Lee never visited Fort Clark while he was in Texas.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1963
Erected 1963 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16041.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Buffalo Soldiers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1963.
Location. 29° 18.291′ N, 100° 25.199′ W. Marker is near Brackettville, Texas, in Kinney County. Marker is at the intersection Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 66 Baylor Street, Brackettville TX 78832, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Clark Post Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Clark Guardhouse (about 300 feet away); 1873 Infantry Barracks (about 300 feet away); New Cavalry Barracks (about 400 feet away); Fort Clark Historic District (about 700 feet away); Officers Quarters 2-3 and 4 (about 700 feet away); Married Officers' Quarters 8-9 (about 800 feet away); Officers' Row Quarters (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brackettville.
Regarding Palisado Building Kitchen / Mess Room. The Palisado Building Kitchen/Mess room was built by the United States Army in 1869 and is the only remaining vertical log constructed (cedar post) or jacal building in the Fort Clark National Register Historic District. Today the building is still in use as a meeting place and is one of Fort Clark’s most iconic structures. Within its walls men who fought at Gettysburg, the Little Big Horn, San Juan Hill, and Chateau Thierry shared meals and their tales of soldiering.
Many of Fort Clark’s early buildings used the practical construction
Despite its primitive architecture, the building proved sturdy and of considerable utility during its seventy-five years of military service, having seen use primarily as a kitchen/mess room and in turn as a company storeroom, tailor shop, and then as an amusement hall at the end of the 19th century. A unique feature of the building is that the interior walls are lined with tin. This treatment employs flattened fuel cans as a wall covering, which keeps the building comfortable in all seasons.
During the Guest Ranch era the civilian owners of Fort Clark mistakenly identified this building as the “Robert E. Lee Courthouse.” Regrettably, Robert E. Lee never visited Fort Clark and the building wasn’t built until some eight years after Lee left Texas, never to return. However, the authentic and proud history of the Palisado Building stands on its own merits and the structure remains
Additional keywords. Army Architecture
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 842 times since then and 44 times this year. Last updated on November 27, 2021, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 1, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. 4. submitted on November 12, 2016, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. 5. submitted on November 27, 2021, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.