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

Post Hospital

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

The post hospital was prefabricated in St. Louis, shipped to Fort Hays by rail, and erected in November 1867. Initially a 36-bed hospital, it was enlarged in 1870 to accommodate 44 beds. A picket fence later enclosed the hospital complex, including the limehouse (morgue), well house, stable, outhouse, hospital steward's residence, and when conditions were favorable, a post garden.

In 1902 the Western Branch of the Kansas State Normal School of Emporia was located on the Fort Hays grounds and the hospital was used as the main classroom. Two years later the building was moved to the school's permanent location, now the campus of Fort Hays State University. After many years of use, the old hospital was torn down.
 
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 51.732′ N, 99° 20.569′ 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. Quartermaster's Complex ( a few steps from this marker); Post Surgeon's Quarters
Post Hospital Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
2. Post Hospital Photo on Marker
( within shouting distance of this marker); Chapel ( within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Hays ( within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Hays - Fort Dodge Road Trailhead ( within shouting distance of this marker); Laundress' Quarters ( within shouting distance of this marker); Icehouse ( within shouting distance of this marker); Enlisted Barracks ( 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 FeaturesScience & MedicineWars, US Indian
 
Post Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
3. Post Hospital Marker
Looking southwest
 
 
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 241 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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