Where Was the Bathroom?

Where Was the Bathroom? (HMO64)

Location: Fort Scott, KS 66701 Bourbon County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 50.599', W 94° 42.217'

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"Bathing is promotive both of comfort and health; and where convenience for it are to be had, the men should be made to bathe at least once a week. The feet are to be washed at least twice a week."
1841 Army Regulations

This foundation, discovered by archeologists in 1971, is all that remains of one of Fort Scott's latrines. A washhouse, used for bathing, was attached to the left.

This latrine and washhouse served enlisted men living in the infantry barracks in front of you, which typically housed about 50 men. Officer would not have used this latrine. As one of the many privileges of rank, officers and their families enjoyed the privacy of latrines in their back yards.

In 1852 Post Surgeon Joseph Barnes praised the planning of Fort Scott's latrines and washhouses, stating that, "the necessary out-houses, are furnished with good drainage, preventing all accumulations of water and filth."
HM NumberHMO64
Year Placed1998
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 5:26pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 350103 N 4189798
Decimal Degrees37.84331667, -94.70361667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 50.599', W 94° 42.217'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 50' 35.94" N, 94° 42' 13.02" W
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Area Code(s)620, 913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 66-88 Hendricks, Fort Scott KS 66701, US
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