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Office of the U. S. Army Depot Quartermaster

 
 
Office of the U. S. Army Depot Quartermaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 13, 2010
1. Office of the U. S. Army Depot Quartermaster Marker
Inscription. This adobe building was constructed in 1872 as an office for the Fort Yuma Quartermaster Depot. It replaced a room in a corner of the depot storehouses where, according to Captain J. G. C. Lee, Quartermaster, ". . .the noise of the arrivals and departures of boats. . . the piling and unpiling of boxes, hammering, nailing. . .the car, heavily laden being rolled in and out, and the heavy tramp of the labourers going to and fro. . . " had become intolerable.

While not formally designated as the Quartermaster Depot until 1865, the U. S. Army had been using the Arizona site because of its advantageous location for transferring supplies arriving by steamboat. From here, heavy freight wagons carried goods to military post and civilian settlements all over Arizona Territory, from the 1860's until the 1877 arrival of the railroad changed the transportation scene.

After 1875, the Signal Corps maintained a telegraph office and weather station in part of the building, remaining until 1891. Civilian workers for the U. S. Weather Service and U. S. Border Commission occupied the building until 1966. Arizona State Parks Board acquired the building in 1969 and fully restored it in 1987.
 
Erected by Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park.
 
Location.
Office of the U. S. Army Depot Quartermaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 13, 2010
2. Office of the U. S. Army Depot Quartermaster Marker
32° 43.665′ N, 114° 37.341′ W. Marker is in Yuma, Arizona, in Yuma County. Marker can be reached from North 4th Avenue north of West 1st Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 North 4th Avenue, Yuma AZ 85364, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quartermaster Depot Water Reservoir (within shouting distance of this marker); Commanding Officer's Quarters & Kitchen (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Pacific Passenger Coach Car (within shouting distance of this marker); Yuma Crossing Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Yuma City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Yuma Crossing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Masonic Temple – Lodge #17 (approx. mile away); Napoleon House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yuma.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 875 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 23, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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