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Near Marina in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Welcome to Fort Ord Dunes State Park!

 
 
Welcome to Fort Ord Dunes State Park! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2013
1. Welcome to Fort Ord Dunes State Park! Marker
Captions: This red line indicates the 2007 location of the bluff edge. Coastal erosion forced the demolition of Stilwell Hall in 2003 (bottom left); You’re standing on what’s left of the parking lot for Stiwell Hall (upper right).
Inscription. Around you are the remains of a portion of the U.S. Army’s Fort Ord. In fact, you are standing on what’s left of the parking lot for Stilwell Hall, once an elegant Soldier’s Club.
The Army base, closed in 1994, and surrounding land was eventually given to the state through the Federal Lands to Parks Program, which allowed the transfer of surplus federal lands to state and local governments for public parks. Fort Ord Dunes State Park opened in 2009, and now provides nearly 1,000 ares of land and 4 miles of beach for the public to enjoy.
Though the dunes here were once used for rifle ranges, today they are part of a critical habitat that’s becoming ever scarcer throughout California. Fort Ord’s dunes and beaches are home to many endangered species. Please help us preserve these sensitive habitats by staying on the designated trails and following park rules.
 
Erected by California State Parks.
 
Location. 36° 39.624′ N, 121° 49.282′ W. Marker is near Marina, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on 8th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marina CA 93933, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Training to Defend America (a few steps from
Welcome to Fort Ord Dunes State Park! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2013
2. Welcome to Fort Ord Dunes State Park! Marker
this marker); Former Firing Range Becomes a State Park (a few steps from this marker); Stilwell Hall: A Fond Memory (within shouting distance of this marker); A Coastal Attack the Army Couldn’t Stop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Portola-Crespi Monument (approx. 4.1 miles away); Depots (approx. 5.1 miles away); Fish Hoppers (approx. 5.3 miles away); Silver Harvest (approx. 5.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Marina.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in Fort Ord Dunes State Park at the old Stilwell Hall parking lot.
 
Also see . . .  Historic California Posts: Fort Ord - California Military Museum. Fort Ord was established in 1917, originally as Camp Gigling, as a military training base for infantry troops. In 1917, the US Army bought the present day East Garrison and nearby lands on the east side of Fort Ord to use as a maneuver and training ground for field artillery and cavalry troops stationed at the Presidio of Monterey. (Submitted on September 29, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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