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Fort Bliss in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Second Expansion Period Group

1918-1926

 

—Fort Bliss Main Post Historic District —

 
Second Expansion Period Group Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 12, 2016
1. Second Expansion Period Group Marker
Inscription. These warehouses were built for the Eighth Quartermaster Corps in 1921 as a supply depot for Army outposts and units away from Fort Bliss. Unrest related to the Mexican Revolution (1910-1921) led to the establishment of a string of border outposts. El Paso's strategic location on the border with Mexico at the hub of five railroads made Fort Bliss the natural center of logistics and supply for 25 Army outposts from Douglas, Arizona to the Texas Big Bend.

Proposals for increased storage facilities had been made and funds requested of Congress during and since the huge buildup for the Punitive Expedition (1916-1917). Five years later, the Quartermaster Corps was still renting some twenty-five large buildings in El Paso.

Other buildings constructed at Fort Bliss during this period include Fire Station No. 1, shops, stores, two granaries, and the Officers' Club.

The growth of Fort Bliss during these years was unusual for an Army post of that time. Nationally, the period was one of military downsizing, reflecting American isolationism following the First World WAr (1914-1918; U.S. involvement, 1917-1918). Along with the creation of the First Cavalry Division, the Border Zone project made Fort Bliss viable during the inter-War years.
 
Erected 1998.
 
Location.
Second Expansion Period Group Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 12, 2016
2. Second Expansion Period Group Marker
31° 48.834′ N, 106° 25.841′ W. Marker is in Fort Bliss, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is on Marshall Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Bliss TX 79916, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Building 1355 (within shouting distance of this marker); Building 1372 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historical Building 241 - The Guardhouse, 1893 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Quarters 236 Sheridan (approx. half a mile away); Joshua Micah Mills (approx. half a mile away); Colonel George Ruhlen (approx. half a mile away); Wilson Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); William Wallace Smith Bliss Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Bliss.
 
Categories. War, Mexican-American
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on October 4, 2016.
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