Marker Monday: 1887 Barracks Row

Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state’s past. Today’s subject is the Barracks Row at Fort Robinson, built during the 1887 expansion and demolished in 1923.

Location

Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford, Dawes County, Nebraska

View this marker’s location 42.6681, -103.4680

Marker Text

During the 1887 expansion of Fort Robinson 6 adobe barracks were built on the south side of the parade ground. Later 2 frame barracks were added. Each building had a dormitory area 170 by 30 feet, a kitchen wing 70 by 30 feet, and housed a single troop, usually 50 to 75 soldiers. Cavalry troops occupied this row until 1916. New brick construction in the twentieth century replaced 3 barracks. The 5 remaining barracks were demolished in 1923.

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