“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mineral Wells in Palo Pinto County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Old Camp Wolters

Old Camp Wolters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 15, 2018
1. Old Camp Wolters Marker
Inscription.  Established in 1925, Camp Wolters was named for Brigadier General Jacob F. Wolters, commander of the 56th Brigade for the National Guard, and designated a summer training site for horse-mounted cavalry units. The city of Mineral Wells donated fifty acres of land, and later thousands of acres were leased for the camp. By 1927 one thousand officers and men and the same number of horses were encamped here. In 1933 a Civilian Conservation Corps company set up camp at the National Guard barracks and made improvements at the camp and to the city park.

In 1940 Camp Wolters was selected as a major training base for the National Military Draft. During World War II, the camp became an important infantry replacement training center on 7,500 acres of leased land with a troop capacity that reached a peak of 24,973. The internationally famous "F" Troop of World War II was one of the mounted units that trained here. German prisoners of war also were housed at the camp.

After the war's end, the camp was deactivated by the army. The original Old Camp Wolters site was returned to the National Guard and used for local purposes until 1965.
Old Camp Wolters Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 15, 2018
2. Old Camp Wolters Marker Area
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Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12136.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1925.
Location. 32° 49.024′ N, 98° 4.586′ W. Marker is in Mineral Wells, Texas, in Palo Pinto County. Marker is on Ram Boulevard, 0.7 miles east of Garret Morris Parkway (Farm to Market Road 1821), on the left when traveling north. Located on the east side of Mineral Wells High School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Ram Blvd, Mineral Wells TX 76067, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sam Savage (approx. 1.8 miles away); Old Mineral Wells Post Office (approx. 2.1 miles away); First Mineral Water Well (approx. 2.2 miles away); Mineral Wells (approx. 2.2 miles away); Famous Mineral Water Company (approx. 2.2 miles away); USS Frank E. Evans (DD 754) (approx. 2½ miles away); Americal Division - 23rd Infantry Division (approx. 2½ miles away); Jack Llewellyn Knight (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mineral Wells.
Also see . . .  Fort Wolters. from the Handbook of Texas Online (Submitted on June 23, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 6, 2022