Camp MacArthur, World War I Training Camp
Posted by: 4props
N 31° 34.800 W 097° 10.356
14R E 673403 N 3495331
Quick Description: Historical Marker in the corner of an HEB grogery store parking lot on 19th street in Waco, TX. It commemorates this site as a WWI training camp with a capacity of 45,000.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 8/20/2007 7:22:26 PM
Waymark Code: WM21Q2
Drove by on this street at least 50 times before I realized a historical marker was on the corner. It is definitly a different location that I'm used to finding these markers. I have a hard time imagining a large military camp at this location but have seen vintage psotcards from the early 1900s depicintg Camp MacArthur scenes with soldiers and lots of tents.
Marker Number: 666
Named for and dedicated by Lt. Gen Arthur MacArthur, U.S.A., veteran of Civil War, outstanding officer in Phillipines, 1898-1902, Father of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Founded July 18, 1917, to train 32nd division, National Guard, in First World War. Capacity was 45,074--at time when Waco had a population of 32,000. First had troops from Michigan and Wisconsin; later, Arkansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas. The 32nd went to France in Feb. 1918. MacArthur became an infantry replacement and training camp and officers training school. Demobilized 11,000 in Dec. 1918.
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