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Marfa in Presidio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Building 98, Fort D. A. Russell

 
 
Building 98, Fort D.A. Russell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, December 23, 2009
1. Building 98, Fort D.A. Russell Marker
Inscription. Constructed in 1920, Building 98 housed the officers club and bachelor officers quarters for Fort D. A. Russell. During the latter years of the World War II, from 1943 to 1945, German prisoners of war from Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps were housed at the fort, and evidence of their ornate artwork can be found on the building’s interior walls. Murals depict views from a courtyard and include scenes typical of West Texas. Constructed of adobe and concrete, building 98 features a pebbledash finish and an A-shaped footprint, with one courtyard completely enclosed and another enclosed on three sides.
 
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13284.)
 
Location. 30° 18.098′ N, 104° 1.633′ W. Marker is in Marfa, Texas, in Presidio County. Marker is on Bonnie Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Bonnie Street, Marfa TX 79843, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort D.A. Russell (approx. ¼ mile away); Blackwell School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Humphris-Humphreys House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hunter Gymnasium (approx.
Building 98, Fort D.A. Russell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
2. Building 98, Fort D.A. Russell Marker
0.7 miles away); El Paisano Hotel (approx. 0.8 miles away); James Buchanan Gillett (approx. 0.8 miles away); William Edward Russell (approx. 0.9 miles away); Presidio County Courthouse (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marfa.
 
Additional comments.
1. Fort D.A.Russell overview
Another marker (not shown here) provides a bit more on Fort D.A. Russell itself: "Originally named Camp Marfa, this installation began as a supply post for U. S. Army border patrol stations in 1911. It was a cavalry camp during the years of the Mexican Revolution. Renamed for Civil War general David Allen Russell, it became a permanent Army post in 1929. Deactivated at the end of 1933, it was reopened in 1935 with artillery units. During World War II Fort Russell became an army training camp, and was home to a chemical warfare battalion as well as German prisoners of war. The fort was officially closed in October 1946."
    — Submitted January 15, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.

 
Additional keywords.
Building 98, Fort D.A. Russell image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, December 23, 2009
3. Building 98, Fort D.A. Russell
Marker is visible in front of building.
Camp Marfa, Mexican Revolution, Pancho Villa
 
Categories. 20th CenturyForts, CastlesMilitaryWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,787 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 15, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   2. submitted on November 2, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3. submitted on January 15, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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