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Florence in Pinal County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Camp Florence

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, June 26, 2010
1. Camp Florence Marker
Inscription. This memorial is dedicated to the men and women who served our county in war and peace and to a significant era of rich local history.

Camp Florence, an army training facility, once occupied the grounds now known as "Four Parks". Beginning in 1943 it housed Italian and German prisoners from WWII.

This bell hung in a stone chapel built by Italian prisoners. When the camp was dismantled, Jerry Thompson preserved the bell. His widow Marge donated the bell to the Florence Gardens History Committee in 2005.

May future generations be reminded of Camp Florence and it's role in History.
 
Erected 2009 by Florence Gardens History Committee.
 
Location. 33° 4.481′ N, 111° 22.818′ W. Marker is in Florence, Arizona, in Pinal County. Marker is at the intersection of North Illinois Street and Arizona Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on North Illinois Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Florence Gardens, 55+ retirement community, off of AZ Hwy 79 on the north side of Florence. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AZ 85132, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bear Down (approx. 1.3 miles away); Poston's Butte
Camp Florence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 26, 2010
2. Camp Florence Marker
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Chas. D. Poston (approx. 2.1 miles away); Carmen Michea House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Michea House and Lone Star General Store (approx. 2.7 miles away); Walker – Oury House (approx. 2.7 miles away); First Pinal County Courthouse (was approx. 2.7 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Levi Ruggles Founder of Florence (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
Also see . . .  On American Soil: Camp Florence, Arizona. Located in the Arizona desert between Phoenix and Tuscson, Camp Florence was the largest all-new prisoner of war compound ever constructed on American soil. (Submitted on June 30, 2010.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable PlacesWar, World II
 
Camp Florence Bell image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 26, 2010
3. Camp Florence Bell
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,038 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 30, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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