Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
World War I Cantonment Area
Fort George G. Meade - United States Army
When the original Camp Meade cantonment area was built in 1917, it covered what are now the Fort Meade Golf Courses. Construction began on July 2, 1917, at a cost of approximately $18,000,000. This area was used to mobilize, train and house parts of three infantry divisions: the 79th, 11th and 92nd. All three were destined for service in Europe during the war. The 92nd was one of two African-American divisions to serve in the Great War.
Over 103,000 men and women trained here during WWI. When the war ended in November 1918. Camp Meade converted to a demobilization center for over 96,000 troops returning from overseas.
Most of the original cantonment consisted of temporary wooden buildings. These were demolished after Camp Meade was granted permanent Army camp status in 1928.
Erected 1996 by Fort Meade Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Military • Notable Places • War, World I. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1721.
Location. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Fort George G Meade MD 20755, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Cavalry Area (approx. ¼ mile away); "Cav. Area" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chapultepec Avenue (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle of the Bulge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dedicated to all American Ex-Prisoners of War (approx. 0.4 miles away); 29th Infantry Division, United States Army (approx. 0.4 miles away); Maj. Gen. Ralph H. Van Deman (approx. half a mile away); Major General George G. Meade (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Meade.
More about this marker. Drivers without military identification are presently required to obtain a visitor's pass and instructions at the main gate and before proceeding onto the post.
Also see . . . Fort Meade Museum. (Submitted on March 14, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,231 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 14, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 3. submitted on June 6, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. 4. submitted on March 16, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.