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

Cemetery

 
 
Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2012
1. Cemetery Marker
Inscription.

Between the opening of the post in April, 1865, until its closing in October, 1882, about 150 burials were made at this cemetery. One of the earliest was that of the sixteen-year-old son of Henderson Boggs, a freighter. The boy was shot and scalped six miles east of the fort. Other civilians interred here were travelers, employees, dependents and some Dodge City citizens.

Ed Masterson, marshal of Dodge City, was buried here in 1878 after he was killed while attempting to disarm some drunken cowboys in a dance hall. His body later was moved to a cemetery that no longer exists in Dodge City. No evidence of his burial site remains. The bodies of military personnel were removed to the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in 1886.

Presently, the cemetery is part of the Kansas State Soldiers' Home property. Veterans of eight wars are buried here: The Mexican War (1846-48), Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War and Viet Nam.
 
Location. 37° 43.911′ N, 99° 55.919′ W. Marker is in Fort Dodge, Kansas, in Ford County. Marker is on U.S. 400 0.2 miles east of Sheridan Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at the former entrance to the Soldiers' Home Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Dodge KS 67843, United States of America.
 
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Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2012
2. Cemetery Marker
On interior side of gate
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sutler Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Dodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Enlisted Men's Barracks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Commanding Officer's Quarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); Storehouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wagnor Memorial Fountain (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Dodge (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Dodge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kansas Soldiers' Home Cemetery State Register Nomination. (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Kansas Soldiers' Home, Fort Dodge. (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Fort Dodge, Kansas. (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesForts, CastlesPatriots & PatriotismWars, US Indian
 
Kansas Soldier's Home Cemetery View image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2012
3. Kansas Soldier's Home Cemetery View
 
 
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 327 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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