Near Vidal in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Iron Mountain Divisional Camp
Desert Training Center
—California-Arizona Maneuver Area —
This monument placed by Billy Holcomb Chapter of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, Needles Resource Area.
October 13, 1985
Rededicated in 2014
Erected 2014 by Billy Holcomb Chapter of The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with The Bureau of Land Management, Needles Resource Area. (Marker Number 151.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 34° Click for map. About 45 miles east of Indio on I-10 at Desert Center. Take SR-177 north to the junction with SR-62. Turn right on SR-62. At 5.4 miles east of the SR-177/62 junction the Iron Mountain Plaque will be seen at a turnout on the left. Marker was at or near this postal address: 11646 California 62, Vidal CA 92280, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 14 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Granite Divisional Camp (approx. 0.2 miles away); Coxcomb Divisional Camp (approx. 13.8 miles away but has been reported missing).
More about this marker. This site is the first of the desert training camps of W.W. II commemorated by E Clampus Vitus. The most unique feature at this camp is the huge relief map built on the desert floor. The Bureau of Land Management, to preserve some history of the area, worked with Bill Pearson, XNGH-1984, of the Billy Holcomb Chapter to place these plaques. All of the Desert Training Center Commemorative plaques sites have since been determined to be California Registered Historic Landmarks.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary
Also see . . . Desert Training Center, 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 January 4, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.)
Categories. • War, World II •
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