Icehouse (HM14LW)

Location: Hays, KS 67601 Ellis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 51.708', W 99° 20.531'

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The icehouse was built 300 yards behind this sign during the winter of 1870-1871. It was built into a hillside, which offered much insulation. The icehouse could store 1,000 tons of ice harvested and hauled from Big Creek. Soldiers occasionally constructed dams along the creek to produce ice.

The water from the creek was unfit to drink during the final year of operation at the fort. The post surgeon warned that water should be cooled only "by surrounding the vessels containing it with the ice."

The Fifth U.S. Infantry troops shown here were photographed at Fort Keogh, Montana. Their clothing shows how soldiers would have dressed to fend off the rigors of the cold weather.
HM NumberHM14LW
Placed ByKansas Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 12:46am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 470312 N 4301496
Decimal Degrees38.86180000, -99.34218333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 51.708', W 99° 20.531'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 51' 42.48" N, 99° 20' 31.86" 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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