Back Yards

Back Yards (HMO5M)

Location: Fort Scott, KS 66701 Bourbon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 50.663', W 94° 42.245'

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The back yards of Fort Scott's officers' quarters provided officers and their families private space that was not available to enlisted men. Back yards were the site of diversions such as gardening, gossiping, and entertaining.

Archeology has revealed previously unknown features behind this officers' duplex. Details such as limestone patios, walls, and walkways with curbs and gutters illustrate the army's effort to provide a comfortable life for its officers.

The elaborate construction here also shows that the army planned to use Fort Scott for many years. But the army underestimated the American desire for land, which quickly led to the end of the "Permanent Indian Frontier," and to the abandonment of Fort Scott in 1853.

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Archeologists unearthed numerous heretofore unknown features, such as this limestone patio and walkway (left). When their work was done, the archeologists re-filled their excavations to preserve the site.
HM NumberHMO5M
Year Placed1998
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 6:27pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 350064 N 4189917
Decimal Degrees37.84438333, -94.70408333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 50.663', W 94° 42.245'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 50' 39.78" N, 94° 42' 14.70" W
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Area Code(s)620, 913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 478 Buchanan St, Fort Scott KS 66701, US
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