• Aerial View of Fort Larned

    Fort Larned

    National Historic Site Kansas

Barracks

Barracks/Hospital Building

The two barracks buildings were designed to house two companies each.

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The infantry and cavalry stationed at Fort Larned occupied these quarters on the north side of Fort Larned. The barracks were designed to house up to four companies of infantry and cavalry, though the numbers were rarely this high. On average, just 100 or 150 troops were stationed at Fort Larned, though the number swelled to between 400 and 500 in 1868.

 
Barracks

3rd Inf. Co. C squad room

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Living quarters were cramped for enlisted men, who slept four to a bunk, head to foot, on bed sacks filled with grass ticking. The enlisted men occupied their leisure time with simple activities including playing cards and table games, swimming in the Pawnee Fork on warm days, and sports such as foot races and "base-ball."

 
Operating Table

Operating table in the hospital

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With the departure of the 10th Cavalry in 1869, the barracks were no longer home to any cavalry units. In 1872, the post hospital was moved into the barracks, an improvement over the former adobe hospital building that leaked mud from the ceiling when it rained. Even with a solid roof overhead, medical care was crude by today's standards, to say the least.

Today, one of the barracks buildings has been modernized to serve as the park visitor center and museum.

 

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Did You Know?

Fort Larned

Fort Larned was home to the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal agencies from 1862 to 1868. More...