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Fort Scott in Bourbon County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Back Yards

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2010
1. Back Yards Marker
Inscription.
The back yards of Fort Scott's officers' quarters provided officers and their families private space that was not available to enlisted men. Back yards were the site of diversions such as gardening, gossiping, and entertaining.

Archeology has revealed previously unknown features behind this officers' duplex. Details such as limestone patios, walls, and walkways with curbs and gutters illustrate the army's effort to provide a comfortable life for its officers.

The elaborate construction here also shows that the army planned to use Fort Scott for many years. But the army underestimated the American desire for land, which quickly led to the end of the "Permanent Indian Frontier," and to the abandonment of Fort Scott in 1853.

[Photo caption]
Archeologists unearthed numerous heretofore unknown features, such as this limestone patio and walkway (left). When their work was done, the archeologists re-filled their excavations to preserve the site.
 
Erected 1998 by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 50.663′ N, 94° 42.245′ W. Marker is in Fort Scott, Kansas, in Bourbon County. Marker can be reached from Old Fort Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Fort
Back Yards Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2010
2. Back Yards Marker
Rear of Officers' Quarters No. 2 in background.
Scott National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Scott KS 66701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tallgrass Prairie Trail (a few steps from this marker); "But I Can Fire a Pistol" (within shouting distance of this marker); Rank, Privilege, and Officers Row (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Crack Post of the Frontier" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quartermaster Complex (about 300 feet away); "Hardy, Dashing Looking Fellows" (about 300 feet away); Infantry Life (about 400 feet away); Where Was the Bathroom? (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Scott.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Scott Historic Structures Report, Officers Quarters. (Submitted on September 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Scott National Historic Site. (Submitted on September 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Back Yards Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2010
3. Back Yards Marker
Rear of Officers' Quarters, with outbuilding, in background.
Photo on Back Yards Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2010
4. Photo on Back Yards Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 625 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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