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Fort Lowell 1873-1891 / Post Hospital

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, December 27, 2016
1. Fort Lowell 1873-1891 / Post Hospital Marker
Inscription. The army originally established Camp Lowell in 1866 on the outskirts of Tucson. Because of unsanitary conditions there, in 1873 the army moved the post here, 7 miles northeast of Tucson. Fort Lowell, so designated in 1879, boasted four companies of cavalry and infantry. It was one of 12 large military posts in Arizona Territory during the last quarter of the 19th century, the final years of the Apache Wars. The fort closed in 1891.

Post Hospital

The Fort Lowell hospital had 13 rooms and accommodated 16 beds. The building was 60 feet wide and 120 feet long. The facility also contained an isolation ward, a surgeon's office, a dispensary, storerooms, a wash room, morgue, and quarters for the enlisted men on the hospital staff.

Fireplaces heated the building in winter. In summer the long hallways encouraged breezes, and shutters, porches, and cottonwood trees shaded it. By the 1880s, a tin roof reduced leaks; plaster and white paint adorned the walls; and wood floors replaced dirt. Behind the hospital, to the east, sat a 20-by-78-foot kitchen building.
 
Location. 32° 15.609′ N, 110° 52.421′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker can be reached from North Craycroft Road. Touch for map. Marker is
Fort Lowell 1873-1891 / Post Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 27, 2016
2. Fort Lowell 1873-1891 / Post Hospital Marker
in Fort Lowell Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2900 North Craycroft Road, Tucson AZ 85712, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Lowell (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Post Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Cottonwood Lane (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Lowell (within shouting distance of this marker); Infantry Barracks / Laundresses' Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fort Lowell Flagstaff (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cavalry Barracks and Band Barracks (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWars, US Indian
 
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circa 1885
3. Photo displayed on marker.
Cottonwood Lane next to the Officer's Quarters looking west in the mid 1880's.
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circa 1889
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Post Hospital looking north in 1889.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 30, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 30, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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