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Fort Sill in Comanche County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Officers' Quarters

(East Line)

 
 
Officers' Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
1. Officers' Quarters Marker
Inscription.  In 1869, a limestone deposit was found southeast of what is now Old Post, Fort Sill. A quarry was opened and the soldiers of the 10th Cavalry cut the rock and started the walls of the garrison buildings. Crude kilns were erected to burn lime for mortar and sand came from the bed of Cache Creek. Chimneys were built of brick brought from Fort Arbuckle and Texas.

Houses for the officers were built along the north and east line of the quadrangle. Two sets of quarters on the north line were single family dwellings for the Field Officers. The rest of the houses were for company grade officers and built for double occupancy. The walls were of stone, the floors of wood and the roofs shingled. Each of the company officers' houses consisted of four rooms downstairs a library, a living room, a dining room and a kitchen. Upstairs there were two bedrooms. There was no plumbing and stone latrines were built in back of the quarters. The houses were heated by stoves and lit with mineral oil lamps. White picket fences were erected around the houses to keep the cattle out of the flower beds.

In the 1890s, Lt. Hugh L. Scott, Post Quartermaster,
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built foundations under the officers' quarters, and buttressed some of the walls which were toppling. He replaced rotting floors, reroofed the houses and constructed the frame wing bedrooms.

In the early 1900s, indoor plumbing was installed, a two-story kitchen addition built and finally, in 1930, another bedroom and bathroom were added.

Captions
Upper Left: View to the east of Officers' Quarters (ca. 1870).
Lower Left: View to the north of Officers' Quarters (ca. 1895).
 
Erected by Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
 
Location. 34° 40.181′ N, 98° 23.124′ W. Marker is in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in Comanche County. Marker is at the intersection of Chickasha Road and Quanah Road, on the right when traveling north on Chickasha Road. The marker is located along the sidewalk near an officers house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 431 Chickasha Road, Fort Sill OK 73503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Headquarters - School of Fire for Field Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Infantry Company Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Headquarters
The Officers' Quarters Marker next to an Officers House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
2. The Officers' Quarters Marker next to an Officers House
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quartermaster Warehouse (about 300 feet away); Commissary Storehouse (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Commissary Storehouse (about 400 feet away); Band Quarters (about 500 feet away); Quartermaster Granary (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Sill.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located in the Old Post Museum area of Fort Sill, an active U.S. military installation. The museum is open to the public, but appropriate identification is required for access for Fort Sill.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Sill.
The fort was first built during the Indian Wars. It is designated as a National Historic Landmark and serves as home of the United States Army Field Artillery School as well as the Marine Corps' site for Field Artillery MOS school, United States Army Air Defense Artillery School, the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and the 75th Field Artillery Brigade. Fort Sill is also one of the four locations for Army Basic Combat Training. It has played a significant
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role in every major American conflict since 1869. Source: Wikipedia
(Submitted on January 22, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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