Fort Sill in Comanche County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Soldiers who violated military rules were confined here as were hostile Indian leaders and also civilian outlaws from Texas, Kansas and Arkansas seeking asylum in the Indian Territory. U.S. Marshals with jurisdiction over the Territory frequently deposited or retrieved prisoners from the Guardhouse to be tried in federal court elsewhere.
During more peaceful times, stray dogs were rounded up and brought to the Guardhouse to await their fate. "Good" dogs, otherwise interpreted as hunting dogs, were adopted out to eager participants. Other dogs that were not considered good hunters were permanently disposed of.
From the mundane to more significant events, the Guardhouse remained a focus of activity until a new confinement facility was constructed farther west in 1910.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Buffalo Soldiers marker series.
Location. 34° 40.141′ Touch for map. Fort Sill is an active U.S. military installation. Appropriate identification is required for access. Marker is at or near this postal address: 336 Geronimo Road, Fort Sill OK 73503, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Infantry Barracks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Headquarters (about 500 feet away); Post Chapel (approx. ¼ mile away); 280mm Heavy Motorized Gun M65 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Proud American (approx. 0.3 miles away); Under the Southern Cross Americal (23rd) Infantry Division (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Sill (approx. half a mile away); Quinette Crossing (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Sill.
Regarding Post Guardhouse. Native American legend Geronimo was also housed here multiple times
Categories. • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 12, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.