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Fort Dodge in Ford County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Enlisted Men's Barracks

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2012
1. Enlisted Men's Barracks Marker
Inscription.

Three barracks were completed in 1867, two built of stone and one of adobe. For about eighteen months, until the permanent buildings were finished, the men lived in seventy dugouts at the river bank. Each dugout accommodated four men, had bunks carved out of the earth, and was heated with a fireplace.

Each of the new stone buildings provided quarters for eighty-eight men, had good ventilation, and was heated by wood stoves. Wells behind the buildings provided drinking water of excellent quality, while water for washing was carried from the river. Latrines were 30 yards away behind the buildings.

At Fort Dodge we secured a few supplies such as fresh milk and baker's bread-sweet and delicious. The water was good and refreshing.
Mrs. Frank D. Baldwin
September, 1867


In the early 1930's, as a WPA project, the adobe barracks was removed and the two stone buildings were linked together into one with the center addition of office and day room space.

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Location. 37° 43.871′ N, 99° 56.151′ W. Marker is in Fort Dodge, Kansas, in Ford County. Marker is at the intersection of Sheridan Street and Pershing Street, on the right when traveling south on Sheridan Street. Touch for map.
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2012
2. Enlisted Men's Barracks and Marker
Marker is on the grounds of the Kansas Soldiers' Home. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Dodge KS 67843, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commanding Officer's Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Storehouse (about 500 feet away); Hospital (about 500 feet away); Sutler Store (about 600 feet away); Fort Dodge (about 600 feet away); Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wagnor Memorial Fountain (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Fort Dodge (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Dodge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Dodge, Kansas. (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Dodge in Kansas Cyclopedia (1912). (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Kansas Soldiers' Home, Fort Dodge. (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMan-Made FeaturesWars, US Indian
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2012
3. Enlisted Men's Barracks
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2012
4. Enlisted Men's Barracks Date Stone
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2012
5. Enlisted Men's Barracks
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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