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

Laundress’ Quarters

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
1. Laundress' Quarters Marker
Inscription.

The four wooden frame buildings that comprised "Sudsville" or "Laundress Row," were located approximately 100 yards behind and to the left of this sign. Each building housed four laundresses and their families in two 12' by 12' rooms. Laundresses were often enlisted men's wives who were allowed to live at the post by doing laundry for a group of 15 to 20 soldiers. Each soldier paid the laundress $1 per month to do most of his laundry, paying extra for overcoats, pants, and bed sacks. With most privates earning $13 per month, a laundress could double her family's income.

In order for an enlisted man to marry, he had to get permission from his commanding officer. Permission could not be granted unless the company had room for another laundress.
 
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 51.696′ N, 99° 20.558′ 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. Blockhouse ( a few steps from this marker); Post Trader's Store
Laundress' Quarters Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
2. Laundress' Quarters Photo on Marker
( within shouting distance of this marker); Band Barracks ( within shouting distance of this marker); Bake House ( within shouting distance of this marker); Chapel ( within shouting distance of this marker); Icehouse ( within shouting distance of this marker); Post Surgeon's Quarters ( 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.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWars, US Indian
 
Laundress' Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
3. Laundress' Quarters Marker
In foreground, with Blockhouse in background
Laundress' Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
4. Laundress' Quarters Marker
Looking southeast
 
 
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 222 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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