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Near Routon in Henry County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Camp Tyson

 
 
Camp Tyson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Currey Russell, June 27, 2010
1. Camp Tyson Marker
Inscription. Named in honor of Brig. Gen. Lawrence D. Tyson U.S. Senator and veteran of the Spanish-American and First World wars, Camp Tyson was the only barrage balloon training center in the U.S. Army during World War II. Construction began on this 6,115 acre site on Sept. 4, 1941, at a cost of $10 million. Under the command of Brig. Gen. John B. Maynard, thousands of American servicemen were trained here for Barrage Balloon Service of the Coast Artillery Corps.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4A 41.)
 
Location. 36° 13.642′ N, 88° 22.711′ W. Marker is near Routon, Tennessee, in Henry County. Marker is on Willoughby Road 0.2 miles north of Austin Peay Memorial Highway (U.S. 79), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. There is a large paved area in front of the marker for parking. Marker is in this post office area: Henry TN 38231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Paris (approx. 5.3 miles away); Henry County Courthouse / Henry County (approx. 6 miles away); Clear Lake (approx. 8.5 miles away); Webb School
Camp Tyson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Currey Russell, June 27, 2010
2. Camp Tyson Marker
(approx. 8.8 miles away); Harris-Collier-Holland Farm (approx. 9.2 miles away); Bethel College (approx. 9.9 miles away); James Monroe McKenzie (approx. 10.2 miles away); McKenzie's Station (approx. 10.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  A History of Barrage Balloons in World War II. "With all the men, tanks, trucks, airplanes, and the tons and tons of supplies being gathered for the invasion, if it hadn't been for the barrage balloons, Britain would have sunk." (Submitted on July 2, 2010.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Currey Russell of Indian Mound, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 839 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Currey Russell of Indian Mound, Tennessee. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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