Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The original 85-acre tract (gift of Austin citizens in 1892) was the site of annual encampments for the Texas Volunteer Guard, an elite militia constituted in 1876. Because larger maneuver, parade, and drill areas were needed, the guardsmen worked actively to acquire more land. With state and federal purchases, the camp at its largest consisted of over 430 acres.
By vote of guardsmen, the camp was named in 1898 for Adjutant General Woodford Haywood Mabry (1856-1899), who provided forceful leadership for the militia.
In 1914 (after the National Guard was created 1906) the State of Texas built an arsenal here for stores formerly held in the Capitol. This was a campsite for United States Army during the first World War, and was principal site until 1928 for annual guard encampments. During World War II, it was an ordnance engine rebuild station for the United States Army.
For many years, Texas Department of Public Safety patrolmen were trained at Camp Mabry; Texas Rangers had their training command here until 1953. This has been headquarters since 1954 for the state Adjutant General. Other post installations include
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 6465.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
Location. 30° 18.592′ N, 97° 45.572′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West 35th Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2210 W 35th Street, Austin TX 78703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major John B. Jones (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Steele (about 300 feet away); Camp Mabry Historic District (approx. Ό mile away); Texas in the Civil War (approx. 0.3 miles away); Adjutants General (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lilia and Josephine Casis (approx. half a mile away); The Radkey House (approx. half a mile away); Congregation Beth Israel (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,113 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 28, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 2. submitted on December 23, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. 3. submitted on August 2, 2014, by Michael Heinich of Austin, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.