Laundress' Quarters

Laundress' Quarters (HM14L2)

Location: Hays, KS 67601 Ellis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 51.696', W 99° 20.558'

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The four wooden frame buildings that comprised "Sudsville" or "Laundress Row," were located approximately 100 yards behind and to the left of this sign. Each building housed four laundresses and their families in two 12' by 12' rooms. Laundresses were often enlisted men's wives who were allowed to live at the post by doing laundry for a group of 15 to 20 soldiers. Each soldier paid the laundress $1 per month to do most of his laundry, paying extra for overcoats, pants, and bed sacks. With most privates earning $13 per month, a laundress could double her family's income.

In order for an enlisted man to marry, he had to get permission from his commanding officer. Permission could not be granted unless the company had room for another laundress.
HM NumberHM14L2
Placed ByKansas Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 6:22am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 470273 N 4301474
Decimal Degrees38.86160000, -99.34263333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 51.696', W 99° 20.558'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 51' 41.76" N, 99° 20' 33.48" 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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