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Fort Bliss in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Building 1372

 
 
Building 1372 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 14, 2016
1. Building 1372 Marker
Inscription. This Wagon Scales Building was built in 1918 with a weighing platform on its south side. The building was part of Forage Yard No. 1, which provisioned cavalry horses from 1919 until 1943. Two granaries, a small stone latrine and eleven open haysheds were also part of the initial Forage Yard 1. Three of the open haysheds were combined and survive as Building 1208 as well as one of the granaries, Building 1361. Forage Yard No. 1 did not only serve Fort Bliss, but also the Army units stationed from Douglas, Arizona to the Texas Big Bend.

Disturbances along the U.S.-Mexican border stemming from the Mexican Revolution (1910 - 1921) led to a string of outposts on the border with Fort bliss, as the nation's premier Army post along the border, the logistic and supply center for the Army's Mexican Border Zone. Fort Bliss' 1st Cavalry Division patrolled the border to deter bandits from crossing into the U.S. Since the horse was the best way of traversing the border's rough terrain, the the 1st Cavalry Division continued to patrol the border through the 1930s. Fort Bliss became the largest cavalry post in the U.S. and eventually the last active cavalry post in the U.S. Army.

This Wagon Scales Building was used to weight wagons carrying forage for the horses and mules supplied by Forage Yard No. 1. A Fairbanks weighting scale
Building 1372 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 14, 2016
2. Building 1372 and Marker
designed to weigh items up to 60,000 pounds is located in the building. Trucks replaced wagons in 1941. At that time the Army's El Paso District had 8,000 horses consuming 40 tons of oats daily. In 1943 the 1st Cavalry Division was dismounted ending the need for Building 1372. Building 1372 was renovated in 2007 as part of the construction of the nearby commissary.
 
Location. 31° 48.897′ N, 106° 25.794′ W. Marker is in Fort Bliss, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from Marshall Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: El Paso TX 79906, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Building 1355 (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Expansion Period Group (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Expansion Period (approx. half a mile away); Mexican War Refugee Camp (approx. half a mile away); Initial Construction Period (approx. half a mile away); Historical Building 241 - The Guardhouse, 1893 (approx. half a mile away); Quarters 236 Sheridan (approx. 0.6 miles away); Joshua Micah Mills (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Bliss.
 
Categories. War, Mexican-AmericanWars, US Indian
 
Building 1372 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 14, 2016
3. Building 1372 and Marker
Fairbanks weighting scale image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 14, 2016
4. Fairbanks weighting scale
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2016, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 14, 2016, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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