Fort Sheridan – History

An interesting part of visiting Fort Sheridan was viewing the portions preserved, the historic remnants of a time past.

Established in 1887, the fort was created in response to businesses desiring a military garrison after the Haymarket Riots in 1886. Over the years, the fort was a training ground for forces from the Spanish-American War through World War II. After 1954, The fort was used mainly for administrative support for the Army Reserves. It was closed in 1993.

There is a 110-acre historic district, with 94 buildings placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1984.

The dominating feature is the Water Tower. When it was built in 1891, it was the tallest structure on base and served as an elevated water tower. The buildings off on either side are the barracks, since converted to condos after the base closed.barracks panoramaAs a sidenote, my husband’s grandfather was stationed here about  90 years ago – he may have lived in these buildings at that time!

The tower lost about 60 feet in height due to structural instabilities in 1940. In 1974, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In front of the barracks is the parade grounds, where cavalry and infantry held maneuvers. This space is now held as open, except for an area to the west where this is installed:statue

This statue of General Philip Sheridan was donated to mark the centennial of the fort named for him. closeup

The last major vestige left of the base is the still-active Fort Sheridan Cemetery. Anyone who has served in the armed forces can request to be buried here.main gate stonesThe whole place was beautiful! I definitely want to return here and get shots from places I missed this time.

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