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Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Cavalry Barracks and Band Barracks

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, December 27, 2016
1. Cavalry Barracks and Band Barracks Marker
Inscription. From here west to the intersection of Craycroft and Fort Lowell Roads stood 2 cavalry barracks, 20 by 145 feet, and 1 band barracks, 20 by 92 feet. The 21 troops of the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th cavalry regiments lived here. The band barracks housed the regimental bands when they were posted at Fort Lowell with the regimental staffs. When the musicians were not in residence, the quartermaster often used their barracks for storage.

In 1889, when the army abolished the post trader's position, it set aside three rooms of the band barracks as a canteen. The army sold beer, wine, cider, soda, cigars, pies, sandwiches and playing cards. They also provided such diversions as billiards, checkers, cards, and chess.

The kitchens sat to the north of the cavalry and band barracks. Each troop and regimental band prepared its own food in its own kitchen, and served meals in its own mess in the same building. Army rations consisted of pork, bacon, beef, bread, beans, peas, rice, coffee, potatoes, molasses and canned foods.

North of the cavalry barracks were covered stables and corrals for the cavalry units. The complex included hay yards, tool rooms, and a blacksmith shop.
 
Location. 32° 15.671′ N, 110° 52.416′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona
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By Bill Kirchner, December 27, 2016
2. Cavalry Barracks and Band Barracks Marker
, in Pima County. Marker can be reached from North Craycroft Road. Touch for map. Marker is 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. Infantry Barracks / Laundresses' Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Lowell 1873-1891 / Post Hospital (about 400 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Rugged Pioneer Soldiers (about 400 feet away); Quartermaster Depot and Post Trader (about 400 feet away); Fort Lowell (about 400 feet away); Headquarter's Buildings (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWars, US Indian
 
Photo displayed on marker. image. Click for full size.
circa 1889
3. Photo displayed on marker.
4th Cavalry Band on parade ground. Cavalry barracks are in the background.
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By Bill Kirchner, December 27, 2016
4. Adobe Ruins
Once part of the kitchens used at the fort.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 31, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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