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Hays in Ellis County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Garden

 
 
Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, June 8, 2022
1. Garden Marker
Inscription.  Rations at U.S. military posts during the Indian Wars were notoriously bad and seldom contained fresh vegetables. Gardens added greatly to the nutrition and morale of the men. Fort Hays records indicate that gardens were planted throughout the fort's lifetime.

At the Post garden at Fort Hays they raise lettuce, radishes, and the early varieties of green peas.... early varieties of the eight-rowed corn, yellow and flint, grow well, but the larger varieties and sweet corn are liable to be killed by hot winds. String beans grow occasionally, and early beets and turnips do well. Set onions are very sure. Irish potatoes are occasional, but sweet potatoes are more certain.... The climate is adapted to apples, plums and cherries.... Tomatoes are doubtful; early cabbage occasional. Watermelons grow, but muskmelons and squash are doubtful, on account of insects which prey upon their rough leaves.

- Post Chaplain John Parker

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Lower Right: Soldiers at Fort Assiniboine, Montana, show off vegetables grown at their post garden in approximately 1885. Photo courtesy Custer Battlefield
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National Monument

 
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureForts and CastlesWars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
 
Location. 38° 51.748′ N, 99° 20.618′ W. Marker is in Hays, Kansas, in Ellis County. Marker can be reached from Alternate U.S. 183, 0.1 miles south of Park Road. The marker is located on the grounds of the Fort Hays State Historical Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1472 US Highway 183 Alt, Hays KS 67601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Outhouses (a few steps from this marker); Fort Hays - Fort Dodge Road Trailhead (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers' Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Enlisted Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Parade Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers in Tents (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Bacon Custer (within shouting distance of this marker); Sentinel Hill (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hays.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Hays State Historic Site. (Submitted on June 27, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
 
The Garden and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, June 8, 2022
2. The Garden and Marker
The view of the Garden and Marker from the sidewalk with the Officer’s Houses in the background image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, June 8, 2022
3. The view of the Garden and Marker from the sidewalk with the Officer’s Houses in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 27, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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