Fort Hayes

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Fort Hayes
Fort Hayes parade grounds in the snow.jpg
Parade grounds and main buildings
Fort Hayes is located in Ohio
Fort Hayes
Location Columbus, Ohio
Coordinates 39°58′26″N 82°59′18″W / 39.97389°N 82.98833°W / 39.97389; -82.98833Coordinates: 39°58′26″N 82°59′18″W / 39.97389°N 82.98833°W / 39.97389; -82.98833
Built 1863
Architect Bradford,Col. T.C.
Architectural style Renaissance, Other
NRHP Reference # 70000491 [1]
Added to NRHP January 26, 1970

Fort Hayes, a military post in Columbus, Ohio, United States, was created by an act of the United States Congress on July 11, 1862. As of 2007, the property is primarily used for the Columbus School District's Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center and bus depot. Currently, the 391st Military Police Battalion and the 375th Criminal Investigations Division of the U.S. Army Reserve use the facility, but the last military presence on the property is expected to be gone by the end of 2009.[dated info] The military is building a new army reserve center in Whitehall, which will end a century and a half of military presence at Fort Hayes.[2]


The history of Fort Hayes as a military post spans from its establishment in 1863 to the expected departure of the remaining military presence by the end of 2009.[dated info][3] The first building at Fort Hayes was completed in 1864 and is known as the "Shot Tower".[4]

Columbus Arsenal[edit]

The United States Congress established Fort Hayes in 1863 as the Columbus Arsenal. The site was selected by General Catharinus Putnam Buckingham, it was bought for $16,000.[5]

Columbus Barracks and Fort Hayes[edit]

In 1875, the War Department repurposed the facility for use as a recruiting intake and training facility. It became known as the Columbus Barracks then later named the Columbus Arsenal.[4] In 1922, the property was renamed Fort Hayes, in honor of Rutherford B. Hayes.

Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center[edit]

By 1976, the military had largely abandoned the Fort Hayes facility. The Columbus Public Schools district purchased 50 of its acres for $1 USD and established what is now known as the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center. During the 1988-89 school year, the Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School was created, while joining Columbus Public Schools' excellently-rated programs.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ bush, B. (2007, March 7). Taps for Fort Hayes. Retrieved December 5, 2012, from
  3. ^ Bill Bush, "TAPS FOR FORT HAYES", The Columbus Dispatch, 2007-03-01. URL accessed 17-April-2007.
  4. ^ a b Fort Hayes History. (n.d.). Retrieved December 5, 2012, from Our History website:
  5. ^ Fort Hayes- The Federal Arsenal. (n.d.). Retrieved December 6, 2012, from
  6. ^ Fort Hayes History. (n.d.). Retrieved December 5, 2012, from Our History

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