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Hays in Ellis County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Bake House

 
 
Bake House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
1. Bake House Marker
Inscription.

The foundation before you marks the stone bake house, where all the fort's bread was baked. The inner rectangular foundation at the east (right) end marks the oven, while the foundation of the pantry is in the west (left) end. The original wooden bake house burned down in December 1875. The post quartermaster reported that the bakery had been "a miserable affair: a stockade building with the interstices [crevices] plastered. The oven was old and needed constant repairing."

The idea of having freshly baked bread may sound appealing, but the belief at the time of the fort was that bread should sit in the open air for 48 hours before being eaten. There were reports that the bread at Fort Hays was often "sour" and "doughy." Soldiers were detailed as bakers regardless of their baking skills.
 
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 51.691′ N, 99° 20.581′ W. Marker is in Hays, Kansas, in Ellis County. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Fort Hays State Historic Site, off US Hwy 163 Alternate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1472 US Highway 163 Alternate, Hays KS 67601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Laundress' Quarters ( within shouting
Bake House Foundation and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
2. Bake House Foundation and Marker
distance of this marker); Blockhouse ( within shouting distance of this marker); Well House ( within shouting distance of this marker); Post Trader's Store ( within shouting distance of this marker); Band Barracks ( within shouting distance of this marker); Post Surgeon's Quarters ( within shouting distance of this marker); Chapel ( within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster's Complex ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hays.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Hays State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Hays State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Fort Hays at Kansapedia. (Submitted on September 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMan-Made FeaturesWars, US Indian
 
Bake House Location on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
3. Bake House Location on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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