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Chiriaco Summit in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Desert Training Center

California Arizona Maneuver Area

 
 
Desert Training Center California Arizona Maneuver Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 1, 2010
1. Desert Training Center California Arizona Maneuver Area Marker
Inscription. The D.T.C was established by Major General George S. Patton Jr. in response to a need to train American combat troops for battle in North Africa during World War II. The camp, which began operation in 1942 covered 18,000 square miles. It was the largest military training ground ever to exist. Over one million men were trained at the eleven sub-camps (seven in California.
 
Erected 1989 by State Department of Parks and Recreation, General Patton Memorial Museum and the Bureau of Land Management. (Marker Number 985.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 33° 39.697′ N, 115° 43.367′ W. Marker is in Chiriaco Summit, California, in Riverside County. Marker can be reached from Chiriaco Road (Business Interstate 10) just north of Summit Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. This location is about 26 miles east of Indio. The marker is on the left as you approach the entrance to the general Patton Memorial Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Indio CA 92201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Desert Training Center (here, next to this marker); California-Arizona Maneuver Area
Desert Training Center California Arizona Maneuver Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 1, 2010
2. Desert Training Center California Arizona Maneuver Area Marker
(a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Desert Training Center (within shouting distance of this marker); 33-barreled Organs (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cannons (about 300 feet away); Scythed Chariots (about 300 feet away); Catapults (about 300 feet away); Romero Pass (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Chiriaco Summit.
 
More about this marker. This location has also been known as Romero Pass, Bradshaw Pass and Grant Pass. Currently the area is known as Chiriaco Summit.

Look for the tall fence and WWII armored vehicles.
 
Regarding Desert Training Center. There are a number of markers in the region honoring various parts of the training center. The south side of this marker's pyramid has an overview map of the region used for training and the many sub-camps.

The Desert Training Center/California-Arizona Maneuver Area (DTC/CAMA) remains as the single largest army post and training grounds in the United States Army history. Covering over
Desert Training Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 16, 2012
3. Desert Training Center Marker
30,000 acres with training areas in Arizona, Nevada and California, the area offered a variety of land forms to train over 1 million men and women in a large number of military duties.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
Also see . . .
1. California/Arizona Maneuver Area. This was the largest Army base in the world covering some 18,000 square miles. It stretched from the outskirts of Pomona, California eastward to within 50 miles of Phoenix, Arizona, southward to the suburbs of Yuma, Arizona and northward into the southern tip of Nevada. It existed primarily to train U.S. forces in desert warfare for the North African campaign. (Submitted on June 18, 2010.) 

2. General George Patton Museum Online. The virtual George Patton museum for those who can't make the trip to Chiriaco Summit and the physical George Patton Museum. (Submitted on June 22, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyGovernmentMilitaryWar, World II
 
Desert Training Center California Arizona Maneuver Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, June 15, 2010
4. Desert Training Center California Arizona Maneuver Area Marker
Innovator of the Desert Training Center California Arizona Maneuver Area image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, June 15, 2010
5. Innovator of the Desert Training Center California Arizona Maneuver Area
Major General George S. Patton Jr. statue in front of the Patton Museum adjacent to the marker.
Desert Training Center California Arizona Maneuver Area Map image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, June 15, 2010
6. Desert Training Center California Arizona Maneuver Area Map
This marker panel is inserted into the south face of the marker pyramid.
Desert Training Center California Arizona Maneuver Area image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, June 18, 2010
7. Desert Training Center California Arizona Maneuver Area
An infinitessimal fraction of the former DTC as seen from the Wiley's Well Rest Stop, 15 mi. W. of Blythe, California
Commemorative Pin image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig,
8. Commemorative Pin
E Clampus Vitus
DTC Project
DTC - CAMA
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,895 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4, 5. submitted on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.   6. submitted on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.   7. submitted on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.   8. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 9, 2016.
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