|Fort Richardson barracks.
The Army's post-Civil War forts on the north Texas plains were not in use
long enough for major construction projects to be undertaken. Log "pickets"
were used to build the walls of many structures, such as this enlisted men's
barracks at Fort Richardson. Gaps between the pickets would be chinked with
mud or plaster and various combinations of straw, catttails, small rocks,
and twigs. These buildings deteriorated quickly.