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Near Bowie in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Cavalry Mess Hall and Kitchen

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
1. Cavalry Mess Hall and Kitchen Marker
Inscription. Palatable food during the fort's early days was a constant problem; the soil was poor quality, lacking nutrients, and other sources of fresh food were distant. Though neighboring ranches supplied some vegetables and meats, they were still a day's ride or longer by wagon. There was no special designation for “cooks,” so they were picked sporadically from the ranks.

Sun-dried, pressed cakes of “desiccated vegetables” were boiled into soups or stews. One of these tasteless seven-pound cakes produced 42 gallons of soup. Cooks relied heavily on canned food for taste variety and less risk of food poisoning.

Enlisted men ate by-the-company on benches at long, bare wooded tables presided over by non-commissioned officers. By the late 1800s, white ironstone tableware replaced tin and iron utensils – a noticeable improvement.
 
Location. 32° 8.681′ N, 109° 26.123′ W. Marker is near Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from Fort Bowie Trail 1 miles from Apache Pass Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at the second Fort Bowie site. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie AZ 85605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cavalry Barracks (within shouting distance of this
Cavalry Mess Hall and Kitchen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
2. Cavalry Mess Hall and Kitchen Marker
marker); Quartermaster Storehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Fort Bowie (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commanding Officer's Quarters (about 500 feet away); Infantry Barracks (about 600 feet away); Post Trader (about 600 feet away); First Fort Bowie (approx. mile away); Apache Spring (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 324 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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