The Quartermaster Stable

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The Quartermaster Stable was used to house wagon teams that traveled the 55 miles from the Northern Pacific Railroad depot at Sprague to Fort Spokane. Although the teamsters were usually civilians, a contingent of military personnel accompanied the wagon convoys to ensure their safety.

In addition to housing the wagon mules, the quartermaster's jurisdiction also included other wheeled vehicles such as, 13 army wagons, 4 escort wagons, a spring wagon, 3 trucks and 6 carts. Overall, the stable could house 58 mules and store 100 tons of hay in the loft.

Communication between Fort Spokane and the outside world was limited but the fort was not completely secluded. In addition to regular tri-weekly stagecoach services connecting Spokane to Fort Spokane by the mid-1880s, the post also hosted a telegraph and eventually a telephone by the early 1890s. When the lines were unreliable, as they frequently were, older means of communication, such as carrier pigeons, were used.

Images

Stable, c. 1960

Stable, c. 1960

This image was taken as part of a survey conducted by the U.S. National Park Service in 1960. Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress View File Details Page

 Architectural Detail

Architectural Detail

This drawing is a part of a 1960 survey conducted by the U.S. National Parks Service of Fort Spokane after its abandonment in 1929. Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress View File Details Page

Quartermaster Stable Today

Quartermaster Stable Today

A recent photograph of the restored Quartermaster Stable on the Fort Spokane grounds. View File Details Page

Quartermaster Supply Train

Quartermaster Supply Train

The quartermaster supply train in the Fort Spokane area. Six mule-drawn wagons supplied the post from the Sprague. Source: Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, National Park Service View File Details Page

Iron Shoes

Iron Shoes

Horse, mule, and oxen shoes recovered from archaeological investigations at Fort Spokane. View File Details Page

Quartermaster Stable and Bluff

Quartermaster Stable and Bluff

The Fort Spokane Quartermaster Stable with the bluff behind it. Taken in the later years of the army post era. Source: Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, National Park Service View File Details Page

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Cite this Page:

Ryanna Thurman, “The Quartermaster Stable,” Spokane Historical, accessed March 23, 2017, http://spokanehistorical.org/items/show/89.

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