Post Trader's Store

Post Trader's Store (HM14LI)

Location: Hays, KS 67601 Ellis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 51.694', W 99° 20.539'

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Each post had its trader or sutler that sold general merchandise to soldiers. The trader was the only civilian allowed to operate a business for profit on a military fort. The trader's store at Fort Hays was located 50 feet behind this sign.

The building included living quarters for the trader, separate rooms for the officers and enlisted men where they could buy alcohol and play cards or billiards, and even a one-lane bowling alley. Soldiers could purchase all matter of items in the store such as combs, tooth powder, hats, blankets, and canned food items. The trader's store was, in effect, the forerunner of the post exchange (PX), officer's club, and non-commissioned officer's club of the modern army post. It was said that Fort Hays had one of the finest post trader's stores in the West.
HM NumberHM14LI
Placed ByKansas Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 9:27pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 470300 N 4301470
Decimal Degrees38.86156667, -99.34231667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 51.694', W 99° 20.539'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 51' 41.64" N, 99° 20' 32.34" 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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