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

Blockhouse

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

This hexagonal building, made of native limestone quarried three miles west of here, was the first building constructed at Fort Hays. The blockhouse was intended as a barracks for soldiers. When it was finished wooden barracks had been built, so it became the commanding officer's headquarters and post adjutant's living quarters.

Although not intended to be a defensive building, the blockhouse had defensive features such as gun slots and possibly a second floor catwalk. However, the fort was never attacked so these defensive features were never put to the test.

From 1931 until 1955 golfers used it as a clubhouse.
 
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 51.695′ N, 99° 20.548′ 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. Post Trader's Store (a few steps from this marker); Laundress' Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Band Barracks (a few steps
Blockhouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
2. Blockhouse and Marker
from this marker); Icehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Surgeon's Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Bake House (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 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Hays State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 25, 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
 
Blockhouse image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
3. Blockhouse
Looking northeast
Blockhouse image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
4. Blockhouse
Looking west
Blockhouse image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
5. Blockhouse
Looking south
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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