Mammoth Hot Springs in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
A Soldier's Life
A typical day began at 5:30 am, at the stable, just behind the barracks where the horses were fed. From that time until almost noon, soldiers groomed their mounts, inspected their equipment, and fed and watered the horses at least one more time.
The rest of the day might be spent patrolling the Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces to prevent visitors from chipping away souvenirs, practicing on the firing range, or participating in ceremonies and demonstrations for visiting dignitaries.
At the Post Exchange (structure to the left of you) a soldier with free time could spend it in the gymnasium or bowling alley, or could play cards, drink beer, and buy sundries.
If this entertainment became too stale, he might walk five miles to the town of Gardiner, Montana. There he could drink, gamble, and visit the "houses of ill repute." Of course, after the fun, the five mile hike uphill to the post was a stern reminder of the "wages of sin."
Upper left photo caption - Interior view of cavalry barracks, circa 1910.
Lower right photo caption - Interior view of the Fort Yellowstone Post Exchange, circa 1900 (this structure was replaced by the present building in 1905).
Location. 44° 58.531′ N, 110° 41.9′ W. Marker is in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on Officer's Row 0.1 miles from Mammoth Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is directly in front of the barracks building, which is along an unnamed side street off Officer's Row. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named A Soldier’s Life (a few steps from this marker); The Post Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); A Good Duty Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Life in the Fort (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Drill Field (about 400 feet away); From Soldier to Ranger (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named From Soldier to Ranger (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Historic Fort Yellowstone (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mammoth Hot Springs.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Military •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 28, 2011, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2011, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.