Guardhouse (HM14KX)

Location: Hays, KS 67601 Ellis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 51.71', W 99° 20.646'

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The native limestone guardhouse replaced an earlier wooden structure in 1872. It included a room for the non-commissioned officer of the guard, the guardroom, and the military prison, which included three solitary cells.

Most prisoners were enlisted men, held for disorderly conduct, insubordination, desertion, and even murder. Prisoners slept on straw bed sacks on the stone floor until 1881 when a "banquette" or platform was built. Soldiers on 24-hour guard duty looked after prisoners and tended to fort security.

Some of the original soldiers' carvings in the limestone blocks of the guardhouse are still visible, including the name of Sergeant Thomas Kenny, who was at Fort Hays for four years until it was abandoned in 1889. Kenny was a marksman and participated in military shooting competitions at Fort Leavenworth and Kansas City.
HM NumberHM14KX
Placed ByKansas Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 1:40am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 470145 N 4301500
Decimal Degrees38.86183333, -99.34410000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 51.71', W 99° 20.646'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 51' 42.60" N, 99° 20' 38.76" W
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Area Code(s)785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1440-1498 Golf Course Rd, Hays KS 67601, US
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