Custer House
Fort Dodge, Kansas
Santa Fe Trail
GPS: 37-43-56N/099-56-10W

Custer House Fort Dodge Kansas
"The Custer House"

     This is the Custer House at Fort Dodge, Kansas. Once the post headquarters and briefly the residence of George A. Custer and other noted military men of that time peroid.

     The Commanding Officer's Quarters was described in the 1882 Frederick Dent Sharp inspection report as being 1.5 stories tall, measuring 52 x30 x16ft, and having a 26 x 16 x 16ft ell. The stone residence had a shingled roof and a covered front porch. The interior was devided into 11 rooms. The condition at the time of inspection was not good:

     ". . .owing to faulty construction of its walls, the joints being in many instances unbroken and one above the other, so than the gables have bulged outwarkly and cracked vertically. The foundation of the building seems to have settled as much as it ever will, as else observation, since last report fails to discover any new fissures in the outer wall. The woodwork requires fresh paint. The lightning rods endanger the building for want of insolators. This is the case of all houses at the post."

     The building remains standing at the site and is referred to as the "Custer House" It has been in nearly continuous use, most recently as the residence of the Soldiers' Home superintendent.

Custer House Marker Fort Dodge Kansas

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