“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Fort Apache in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Barracks (115)

Barracks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 25, 2010
1. Barracks Marker
Inscription.  These ruins represent the last surviving enlisted men's barracks, on the east end of Barracks Row. Much like Officer's Row defined the north side of the Parade Ground, Barracks Row made up the south side. This adobe barracks was one of two completed in 1889, the last of seven barracks buildings that made up the row.

Designed to house a troop of cavalry or company of infantry (each normally consisting of about 40 men), each of the barracks included a 125 by 25 foot squad room in front, with two wings extending behind. One housed a billiard room, ordinance room, and company sergeant's room, and the other wing contained the washroom, kitchen, and company mess.

This barracks was converted to a boy's dormitory during the 1920's when the dormer windows were added. After 1932 it was used as a vocational training workshop for the Theodore Roosevelt School. In 1976 the Tribe renovated the barracks to serve as the Apache Cultural Center. The building, along with much of the museum's collection, was destroyed by a fire in January 1985.
Erected by Fort Apache Historic Park and the White Mountain
The Barracks Ruins and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 25, 2010
2. The Barracks Ruins and Marker
Apache Tribe.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationForts or CastlesNative Americans.
Location. 33° 47.443′ N, 109° 59.231′ W. Marker is in Fort Apache, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker can be reached from Barracks Row, on the left when traveling west. Marker is at the the Fort Apache Historic Park, 0.7 miles east of AZ-73 on Fort Apache Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Apache AZ 85926, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boys' Dormitory (116) (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Guard House (115A) (within shouting distance of this marker); Theodore Roosevelt School (118) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Adjutant's Office (117) (about 400 feet away); Non-Commissioned Officers' Quarters (110 & 111) (about 400 feet away); T.R. School Teachers' Quarters (112) (about 400 feet away); Commissary Storehouse (113) (about 400 feet away); Officers' Quarters (107, 108, 109) (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Apache.
More about this marker. All visitors to Fort Apache Historic Park must first register and pay admission at Culture Center, just to the left as you enter the park.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Apache Historic Park. (Submitted on October 11, 2010.)
2. Barracks (Ruins), Circa 1890. The Fort Apache Walking Tour description of the Barracks, Building 115 (Submitted on October 11, 2010.)
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Photo Displayed on Marker
Bureau of Indian Affairs Photo

3. Fort Apache History. The White Mountain Apache Tripe tells the history of the area including photos. (Submitted on October 11, 2010.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 737 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 11, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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