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Administration Building, 1880's

The Administration Building was constructed in 1885 of a lime grout. The building in addition to housing the post adjutant's office, contained a library, school, and an auditorium. As depicted in the next photo, the building is now in ruins.

Administration Building, 2001, photo by Geoff Dobson

Other buildings which are now in ruins include the officers' quarters depicted in the next photographs

Officers' Quarters, 1880's

The above buildings were also constructed of lime grout. The three buildings consisted of two duplexes plus the commanding officer's quarters. Only the commanding officer's quarters had inside plumbing.

Officers' Quarters, 2001, photo by Geoff Dobson

Beyond the Officers' Quarters is "Old Bedlam." The concrete houses were constructed in 1881 as additions to older, smaller structures.

Infantry Barracks, undated

At the left is the Infantry Barracks, constructed in 1867, located at the northeast side of the Parade Grounds. The frame building housed three companies. In the center of the photo is the "New" Guardhouse built in 1876 in response to complaints by the post surgeon as to conditions in the old guardhouse. At the right hand side of the photo is another infantry barracks constructed in 1866. Only foundations are left of the two barracks buildings.

Infantry Barracks, 2001, photo by Geoff Dobson

In the foreground on the opposite side of the road, are the foundations of the Infantry Barracks depicted at the left in the upper photo. In the distance on the right is the Cavalry Barracks constructed in 1874. In the center of the photo on the hill are the ruins of the post hospital, close-up on preceding page. At the left is the Sutler's Store, also depicted on the preceding page. To the left of the Sutler's Store is the Lt. Colonel's Quarters, now referred to as the "Burt House" constructed in 1884 and named after Lt. Col. Andrew Burt, stationed at Ft. Laramie twice. Burt also served as commander of Ft. C. F. Smith constructed to protect the Bozeman Trail and also participated in the Battle of the Rosebud. The Burt House is noted for having housed the largest colony of bats at the fort. At one time as many as 3,000 bats made their home in the house. Unfortunately, bat urine is highly acidic and caused extensive damage to the house. The Park Service has now "bat proofed" and restored the structure.

Upper Left, "Burt House," photo by Geoff Dobson.