Fort Drinkwater

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Fort Drinkwater, in western Chase County, Kansas, was built in 1857 by Orlo H. Drinkwater and W. L. Fowler on Drinkwater's farm. The fort served the area settlers as a refuge during Indian disturbances until 1868. It was built on the south bank of Cedar Creek. In 1862 Orlo Drinkwater became the area's postmaster and his fort home served as the post office for several years, until the town of Cedar Point, Kansas, was established a mile to the west. After Drinkwater built a stone house on a nearby hill, Fort Drinkwater was completely abandoned and collapsed after years of neglect.[1]


  1. ^ Lila T. Dwelle and Ruth D. Grimwood, "Cedar Point," Chase County Historical Sketches (N.p.: Chase County Historical Society, 1948), vol. II, p. 305; David Pinkston, telephone interview with William C. Pollard, Jr., Cedar Point, Kansas, October 6, 1992; Pinkston, interview with Pollard, Cedar Point, Kansas, December 3, 1992; "Mrs. Susana Frank Dead," Cottonwood Valley News (Cedar Point, Kans.), February 24, 1916, p. 1..