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Near Routon in Henry County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Camp Tyson

 
 
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By Currey Russell, June 27, 2010
1. Camp Tyson Marker
Inscription.  Named in honor of Brig. Gen. Lawrence D. Tyson U.S. Senator and veteran of the Spanish-American and First World wars, Camp Tyson was the only barrage balloon training center in the U.S. Army during World War II. Construction began on this 6,115 acre site on Sept. 4, 1941, at a cost of $10 million. Under the command of Brig. Gen. John B. Maynard, thousands of American servicemen were trained here for Barrage Balloon Service of the Coast Artillery Corps.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4A 41.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1853.
 
Location. 36° 13.642′ N, 88° 22.711′ W. Marker is near Routon, Tennessee, in Henry County. Marker is on Willoughby Road 0.2 miles north of Austin Peay Memorial Highway (U.S. 79), on the left when traveling north. There is a large paved area in front of the marker for parking. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henry TN 38231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
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By Currey Russell, June 27, 2010
2. Camp Tyson Marker
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within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Governor Thomas Clarke Rye (approx. 5.1 miles away); E.W. Grove-Henry County High School (approx. 5.3 miles away); Battle of Paris (approx. 5.3 miles away); E. W. Grove High School (approx. 5.3 miles away); Gov. James D. Porter Home (approx. 5.8 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); Henry County Courthouse / Henry County (approx. 6 miles away); Confederate Soldiers (approx. 6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  A History of Barrage Balloons in World War II. "With all the men, tanks, trucks, airplanes, and the tons and tons of supplies being gathered for the invasion, if it hadn't been for the barrage balloons, Britain would have sunk." (Submitted on July 2, 2010.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 30, 2010, by Currey Russell of Indian Mound, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 993 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 30, 2010, by Currey Russell of Indian Mound, Tennessee. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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