Well House

Well House (HM14KY)

Location: Hays, KS 67601 Ellis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 51.7', W 99° 20.612'

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In the summer of 1867 four wells were dug on the Fort Hays grounds. The one before you serviced the post hospital. These wells provided limited quantities of water. Periodic contamination rendered the water undrinkable.

As a result Big Creek became the primary source of water, supplying 1,500 to 2,000 gallons per day. Water was distributed daily to barrels throughout the fort, but not in quantities large enough for firefighting emergencies. This was later resolved when windmills were built to pump water into tanks.

I would most urgently recommend, not only for this Post but as a general rule, the importance of a first class system of supplying water and conveying it in unlimited quantities to every building...
- Annual Inspection Report, June 30, 1879
HM NumberHM14KY
Placed ByKansas Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 1:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 470194 N 4301481
Decimal Degrees38.86166667, -99.34353333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 51.7', W 99° 20.612'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 51' 42.00" N, 99° 20' 36.72" 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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