Fort Larned National Historic Site in Pawnee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Well, Adobe Hospital and Hospital Steward's Quarters
In 1868 post surgeon William H. Forwood reported on the condition of the drinking water:
The water is brought by wagon from the creek and placed in barrels in the yards... There are several wells here from 15 to 40 feet deep, but the water in most of them is sulphurous and is not used.
The well shown above is behind the infantry barracks. To the left behind the soldier stands the old adobe hospital erected in 1860. Later, in 1871 when the hospital was relocated to the east barracks, the building was converted into quarters for the post ordnance sergeant, with the cellar being used as the magazine. Beyond the well to the right is a frame building constructed in 1874 for the hospital steward, a high ranking NCO. He assisted the post surgeon as a pharmacist and in administering the hospital.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Patriots & Patriotism • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
Location. 38° 11.022′ N, 99° 13.138′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1767 Kansas Highway 156, Larned KS 67550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Wagon Road to the Southwest (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Soldier Town (about 700 feet away); Soldiers Who Died At Fort Larned (about 700 feet away); Doesn't Every Fort Have a Wall? (about 700 feet away); Third Infantry Honored Dead (about 800 feet away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Larned (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Frontier Army and the U.S. Mail (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Larned National Historic Site.
Also see . . . Fort Larned National Historic Site. (Submitted on February 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.