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Map of World War I Army Cantonments in the United States

United States Army Training Centers - Index to Holdings of the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives includes Camp Devens, Dix, Dodge, Funston, Grant, Pike and Zachary Taylor

The Switchboard at Camp Dix

Camp Dix

Camp Dix, New Jersey was named in honor of Maj. General John Adams Dix, U.S. V., who served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Buchanan. Established July 18, 1917, to serve as training camp for 78th Division (National Army), which occupied the cantonment, August 1917 to May 1918.

Camp Dodge or Bust - MHS Photograph (partial)

Camp Dodge

Camp Dodge, Iowa was named in honor of Maj. General Grenville M. Dodge, U.S. V., who commanded Iowa volunteers during the Civil War. Established on June 18, 1917 to serve as training camp for 88th Division (National Army), which occupied the cantonment August 1917 to July 1918.

Camp Funston Illustrated Cantonment Life

Camp Funston

Camp Funston is the only Cantonment possessing a Zone of Camp Activities, representing an invesment of over $1,500,000, financed and built by private capital, without cost to the Government, planned under the personal direction of Captain Dick B. Foster. It is four city blocks long, containing an arcade where refreshment booths are established.

Camp Grant Pictorial History Brochure from 1917

Camp Grant

Named in honor of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, U. S. A., Commander-in-Chief, U. S. A., 1864-69, and President of the United States, 1869-77. Established, July 18, 1917, to serve as training camp for 86th Division (National Army), which occupied the cantonment, August 1917 to August 1918. Construction started June 24, 1917 and continued through 1918.

Photograph of the Camp Pike Base Hospital Surgical Ward, ca 1917

Camp Pike

Camp Pike, Arkansas was named in honor of Brigadier General Zebulon M. Pike, U.S. Army, discoverer of Pike's Peak; killed in action, 1818. Established July 18, 1917 to serve as training camp for 87th Division (National Army) , which occupied the cantonment August 1917 to June 1918. Construction started June 17, 1917 and continued through 1918.

Pictorial Souvenir of Camp Zachary Taylor Kentucky

Camp Zachary Taylor

Camp Zachary Taylor was established by Act of Congress for the purpose of training men for the World War.  It was situated near Louisville, Kentucky.  The Original tract comprised two thousand seven hundred acres which was later added to as more space was required to take care of the men assigned to this training ground.  Major Lamphere had supervision of the first 1200 barracks buildings, construction of which was begun on June 22, 1917.

 

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