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Fort Riley in Geary County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Camp Funston

World War I Headquarters of Maj Gen Leonard Wood

 
 
Camp Funston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 3, 2010
1. Camp Funston Marker
Inscription. CAMP FUNSTON was established as one of sixteen Divisional Cantonment Training Camps during World War I. Construction of the 2,000 acre camp began during the summer of 1917 and eventually encompassed approximately 1,400 buildings

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.
 
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 Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Riley KS 66442, United States of America.
 
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. 1.5 miles away);
Camp Funston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 3, 2010
2. Camp Funston Marker
View of Camp Funston from the headquarters site.
Veteran's Memorial (approx. 1.5 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.)
 
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Camp Funston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 3, 2010
3. Camp Funston Marker
Camp Funston Headquarters image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 3, 2010
4. Camp Funston Headquarters
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,195 times since then and 39 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.
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