General Sink (Latrine)

General Sink (Latrine) (HM1MQK)

Location: Fort Laramie, WY 82212 Goshen County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 12.133', W 104° 33.405'

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In the 1880's the Surgeon General determined that the privy vault - - "That most objectionable and dangerous nuisance" - - was a threat to the soldier's health. His concern had been prompted by the accumulated reports from disgusted post surgeons including several from Fort Laramie. Post surgeon Hartsuff, for instance, had recommended in 1874 that sinks be made bearable at least, so that "The call of nature shall not go unheeded nor be hurriedly performed." This latrine, constructed in 1886, was hailed as a great improvement. Its contents were flushed through pipes to the river which was regarded as adequate disposal in those days. Only the foundation remains of this lime-grout structure.
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Monday, August 10th, 2015 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 536592 N 4672323
Decimal Degrees42.20221667, -104.55675000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 12.133', W 104° 33.405'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 12' 7.98" N, 104° 33' 24.3" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Fort Laramie WY 82212, US
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