Fort Riley and It's Neighbors

Fort Riley and It s Neighbors Fort Riley and Its Neighbors is a story of soldiers trying to save money and civilians trying to make it Fort Riley stands today overlooking the Kansas River because army quartermasters in the s t

  • Title: Fort Riley and It's Neighbors
  • Author: William A. Dobak
  • ISBN: 9780806130712
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fort Riley and Its Neighbors is a story of soldiers trying to save money and civilians trying to make it.Fort Riley stands today overlooking the Kansas River because army quartermasters in the 1850s thought that small steamboats could deliver supplies cheaply there Civilians came to help build the fort and stayed to bid on the quartermaster s contracts for feed and fuelort Riley and Its Neighbors is a story of soldiers trying to save money and civilians trying to make it.Fort Riley stands today overlooking the Kansas River because army quartermasters in the 1850s thought that small steamboats could deliver supplies cheaply there Civilians came to help build the fort and stayed to bid on the quartermaster s contracts for feed and fuel.Army posts were often a magnet for settlers Contracts for supplies and transportation brought hard to find cash to small western towns, replacing systems of barter and credit and integrating them into the national economy.Townspeople kept a covetous eye on Fort Riley s land and its resources, and they voted bond issues to build short line railroads in order to get competitive freight rates from transcontinental carriers These short lines put Fort Riley at the center of the nation s transportation system, assuring the fort s survival for the next century.The history of Fort Riley and its neighbors typifies the relations that evolved between the American people and their government throughout the American West The settlers approach to federal authority, at once supplicating and conniving, has persisted and thrived and become the national attitude.

    One thought on “Fort Riley and It's Neighbors”

    1. As a citizen of the region, I found the history fascinating. The attitudes of the municipalities have changed little. Our communities' reliance upon the fort has not changed either. This book highlights the intertwining of federal and local growth & intetests. The author needed to edit the first third to half of the book. His writing improved though he failed to make it consistent.

    2. Military posts have always attracted economic growth and development. Fort Riley, Kansas, is no exception. This work traces the history of Fort Riley concentrating on the ties with the civilian community. An excellent case study of military - civilian economic relations.

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