Filed Under Miles City

Remount Depot Mess Hall

Fort Keogh Historic District

Breaking and training thousands of horses at Fort Keogh for the U.S. military and Allied French and British forces was crucial during World War I because of the military’s reliance on horse-drawn transportation. This two-story mess hall served employees and civilian cowboys who worked on the ranch. Constructed in 1920 near the end of Fort Keogh’s days as a Remount Station at a cost of $15,000, the wood-frame building featured many windows, high ceilings, hot water, steam heat, and electric lights. The main floor originally had five rooms and the basement three rooms. Records show that the basement housed the heating plant and storage for coal and the commissary. In 1924, ownership of the fort transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Husbandry, by an act of Congress. The mess hall was subsequently remodeled to serve as the USDA administrative headquarters. It served in that capacity until the construction of a new administrative building in 1970. Today, the building serves as a storage area and carpenter’s shop.

Images

Remount Depot Mess Hall Remount Depot Mess Hall. Front to side view of the building, facing northeast. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Paul Anderson Date: Oct. 1991

Location

243 Fort Keogh Road, Miles City, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Remount Depot Mess Hall,” Historic Montana, accessed November 28, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/274.