Fort Riley in Geary County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
World War I Headquarters of Maj Gen Leonard Wood
Major General Leonard Wood commanded the camp. During World War I, nearly 50,000 recruits from the Great Plains trained here. They became part of the 89th Division that deployed to France in the spring of 1918. In addition, the 10th Division and black soldiers assigned to the 92nd Division received their basic training at Camp Funston.
The first recorded cases of what came to be the world-wide influenza epidemic were first reported here in March 1918.
Erected 1998 by Fort Riley Historical and Archaeological Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Science & Medicine • War, World I. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1918.
Location. 39° 6.25′ N, 96° 44.15′ W. Marker is in Fort Riley, Kansas, in Geary County. Marker is on Huebner Road east of E StreetTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Riley KS 66442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Funston Monument (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ogden (approx. 1½ miles away); Veteran's Memorial (approx. 1½ miles away); First Capitol of Kansas (approx. 1.9 miles away); a different marker also named First Capitol of Kansas (approx. 2 miles away); Locomotive "6072" (approx. 2.7 miles away); Fort Riley (approx. 3.1 miles away); Tuttle Park (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Riley.
Also see . . . The Great Pandemic - Camp Funston photo. (Submitted on July 15, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,595 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 10, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.