General Patton Memorial Museum, Chiriaco Summit, CA.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 33° 39.689 W 115° 43.344
11S E 618453 N 3725354
Quick Description: Museum comemorating General Patton and the WWII Desert Training Center
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 1/9/2008 7:31:23 PM
Waymark Code: WM2YBD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MikeGolfJ3
Views: 89

Long Description:

We needed gas and stopped at Chiriaco Summit. We had no idea what we would run into here in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

The General George S. Patton Memorial Museum was established to honor the late General George S. Patton and the thousands of men who served with him at the Desert Training Center and overseas.

From 1942-1943 Patton commanded the DTC, also called the California-Arizona Maneuvers Area (CAMA), where over a million US troops trained for combat, during its brief history. Unknown to many, the first battle between American and German troops happened long before D-Day in North Africa. On February 5, 1942, Lt. General Lesley J. McNair, Chief of Staff, General Headquarters, gave his approval to a plan developed to stop Germany's advance in Northern Africa. He designated Major General George S. Patton, Jr. to establish the Desert Training Center for the purpose of training men and machines for action under the harsh conditions of the African deserts.

General Patton Tank


Tanks were a primary fighting tool used at the DTC, the largest training area ever in the USA, and tank tracks still mark much of the landscape. Remnants from many of the 12 camps remain, mostly rock mosaics, altars and road alignments.

We didn't have enough time to really check out this place, but here is a website of someone who did and took 50 pictures doing so.

The museum is located off Interstate 10, about 30 miles east of Indio at Chiriaco Summit, which was the entrance to Camp Young, command post for the DTC during World War II. The site was donated by Joseph Chiriaco, one of the first area residents General Patton met when he arrived to set up the center.

Theme:
Military History. History of the World War II Desert Training Center.


Street Address:
2 Chiriaco Rd, Chiraco Summit CA, 92201 50 miles E of Palm Springs on Hwy 10 Phone: 760-227-3483


Food Court: yes

Gift Shop: yes

Hours of Operation:
Daily 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Cost: 4.00 (listed in local currency)

Museum Size: Medium

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

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