Cavalry Mess Hall and Kitchen Historical

Cavalry Mess Hall and Kitchen Historical (HM1WKQ)

Location: Willcox, AZ 85643 Cochise County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 8.681', W 109° 26.123'

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Palatable food during the fort's early days was a constant problem; the soil was poor quality, lacking nutrients, and other sources of fresh food were distant. Though neighboring ranches supplied some vegetables and meats, they were still a day's ride or longer by wagon. There was no special designation for "cooks," so they were picked sporadically from the ranks.

Sun-dried, pressed cakes of "desiccated vegetables" were boiled into soups or stews. One of these tasteless seven-pound cakes produced 42 gallons of soup. Cooks relied heavily on canned food for taste variety and less risk of food poisoning.

Enlisted men ate by-the-company on benches at long, bare wooded tables presided over by non-commissioned officers. By the late 1800s, white ironstone tableware replaced tin and iron utensils - a noticeable improvement.
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Date Added Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 647561 N 3557545
Decimal Degrees32.14468333, -109.43538333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 8.681', W 109° 26.123'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 8' 40.86" N, 109° 26' 7.38" W
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Area Code(s)520, 928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3327 S Old FT Bowie RD Histor, Willcox AZ 85643, US
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