"On the Kansas Pacific: Buffalo Soldiers Guarding the Water Tank at Park's Fort in 1869"

by Michael Boss
Giclee Print 13 1/2" X 18" Image
6 Artist's Proof Sold Out
100 Signed and Numbered Prints $145.00 each

In 1867, Buffalo Soldiers from the 38th Infantry stationed at Fort Hays, Kansas, began assigned duty to protect the water tanks for the westward bound Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division. Tasks included guard duty for bridges, water tanks, work train and construction crews.

Assignments started at Fossil Creek, now Russell, to the western end town of Sheridan. The guard duty ended in 1869 when federal money was granted to finish the line from Sheridan into Denver. The Union Pacfic Railway, Eastern Division, became the Kansas Pacific Railway.

Park's Fort was one mile west of present day WaKeeney, Kansas.