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Texas City in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

U.S. Army Camp at Texas City

 
 
U.S. Army Camp at Texas City Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, May 24, 2020
1. U.S. Army Camp at Texas City Marker
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An increasing number of disturbances along Texas' Rio Grande border after Civil War broke out in Mexico in 1910 prompted U. S. President William Taft to consider increasing the U. S. Military presence in the area. Hugh B. Moore, Texas City terminal railway executive, and Augustus B. Wolvin, developer of Texas City's port and owner of a steamship line, persuaded U. S. Officials to establish an army camp in Texas City as a strategic point for possible troop movements into Mexico.

In March 1913 approximately 14,000 army personnel, comprising three infantry brigades, one regiment each of cavalry and field artillery, one battalion of engineers, one signal corps company, one field bakery, one field hospital, and an aviation squadron, set up camp here in an open field just north of town.

The army camp's air squadron was the first of its kind in the nation. Pilots of the eight aircraft located here set flight records for distance and speed, and entertained spectators with flying exhibitions.

A local economic boom brought on by the camp ended abruptly when a major hurricane destroyed the camp and damaged some
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buildings in Texas City in 1915. The camp was not restored and many of its personnel were later stationed along the Texas-Mexico border.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11584.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWars, Non-US. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #27 William Howard Taft series list.
 
Location. 29° 23.901′ N, 94° 53.564′ W. Marker is in Texas City, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Bay Street North and 14th Avenue North, on the right when traveling north on Bay Street North. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F-100F North American Super Sabre (here, next to this marker); William Jefferson Jones (a few steps from this marker); Site of Austinia (a few steps from this marker); Old Bay Lake Ranch (a few steps from this marker); Shoal Point and Half Moon Shoal Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); Anchor Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Texas City Dike (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Aero Squadron (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Texas City.
U.S. Army Camp at Texas City Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, May 24, 2020
2. U.S. Army Camp at Texas City Marker
 
U.S. Army Camp at Texas City -- Spirit of Texas image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, May 24, 2020
3. U.S. Army Camp at Texas City -- Spirit of Texas
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on May 25, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 24, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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