The U. S. Army built more than 300 posts in the American West during the nineteenth century. The building program developed from poorly planned and poorly built structures to long-lasting brick structures that stand as an edifice to the creative solutions that grew from the Army's efforts. Those structures within the Department of the Platte provide an excellent example of the 30-40 years of building military structures. ALTERNATE SUBJECTS: Military Posts; Post-Civil War Army; Military--Department of the Platte; Military--Contruction; Military--Architecture--19th Century; Military--Cantonment Reno; Fort McKinney (Wyo.); Fort Bridger (Wyo.); Fort Phil Kearny (Wyo.); Fort Laramie (Wyo.); Fort D.A. Russell (Wyo.); Fort Niobrara (Neb.); Fort Robinson (Neb.); Fort Hartsuff (Neb.) Map: Major military posts in the Department of the Platte. [Kevin O'Dell]. Ill: At Fort Phil Kearny, Col. Henry B. Carrington used the mortise-and-tenon form of connection in the log barracks. [Kevin O'Dell]. Ill: Various forms of panel construction. [Kevin O'Dell]. Photo: Log officers'quarters at Fort Bridger. [Division of Cultural Resources]. Photo: Wood-frame officers' quarters at Fort D.A. Russell. [Division of Cultural Resources]. Ill: Pise' work [Washington: War Department, 1873]. Ill: Fort Hartsuff concrete wall section [Kevin O'Dell]. Photo: Officer quarters Fort Robinson [Nebraska State Historical Society]. Photo: Barracks Fort Laramie [Thomas Carter]. Photo: Brick officers quarters [Division of Cultural Resources]. Annals of Wyoming cover date Summer 1997.