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

Post Trader's Store

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
1. Post Trader's Store Marker
Inscription.

Each post had its trader or sutler that sold general merchandise to soldiers. The trader was the only civilian allowed to operate a business for profit on a military fort. The trader's store at Fort Hays was located 50 feet behind this sign.

The building included living quarters for the trader, separate rooms for the officers and enlisted men where they could buy alcohol and play cards or billiards, and even a one-lane bowling alley. Soldiers could purchase all matter of items in the store such as combs, tooth powder, hats, blankets, and canned food items. The trader's store was, in effect, the forerunner of the post exchange (PX), officer's club, and non-commissioned officer's club of the modern army post. It was said that Fort Hays had one of the finest post trader's stores in the West.
 
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 51.694′ N, 99° 20.539′ W. Marker is in Hays, Kansas, in Ellis County. Marker can be reached from Alternate U.S. 163. 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 Hwy 163 Alt, Hays KS 67601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
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By Unknown, undated
2. Post Trader's Store Photo on Marker
marker. Band Barracks (here, next to this marker); Blockhouse (a few steps from this marker); Laundress' Quarters (within shouting distance of 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, CastlesIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWars, US Indian
 
Post Trader's Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
3. Post Trader's Store Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 460 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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