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

Band Barracks

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
1. Band Barracks Marker
Inscription.

A regimental band was located where there were regimental headquarters. The 18th U.S. Infantry band is pictured here. The band's quarters, located between the blockhouse and post trader's store, consisted of two buildings. One was the barracks and the other was a combination mess hall and practice room. When no regimental band was assigned to the fort, the building served, among other things, as the library and chapel.

The Fifth Cavalry Band have returned from their eastern trip. They created quite a sensation; and the general verdict was, that never had such music been heard before. The citizens of Lawrence, Topeka and Leavenworth were enraptured with their playing, and have engaged them for some forthcoming festivities.
- Hays Sentinel
, February 1876
 
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 51.696′ N, 99° 20.537′ 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 marker. Post Trader's Store (here,
18th U.S. Infantry Band Photo on Band Barracks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
2. 18th U.S. Infantry Band Photo on Band Barracks Marker
next to this marker); Blockhouse (a few steps from this marker); Icehouse (a few steps from this marker); Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Laundress' Quarters (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.)
 
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Band Barracks Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
3. Band Barracks Marker
In foreground, with Blockhouse at right. Looking WSW.
 
 
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 186 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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