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Felicity in Imperial County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Site of Camp Pilot Knob

 
 
Site of Camp Pilot Knob Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig
1. Site of Camp Pilot Knob Marker
Inscription. Camp Pilot Knob was a unit of the Desert Training Center, established by General George S. Patton Jr., to prepare American troops for battle during World War II. It was the largest military training ground ever to exist. At the peak of activity here at Pilot Knob, June - December, 1943, the 85th Infantry Division, and the 36th and 44th Reconnaissance Squadrons of the 11th (Mechanized) Cavalry trained for roles in the liberation of Europe, 1944-45.
 
Erected 1990 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and John P. Squibob Chapter No. 1853, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 985.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 32° 45.057′ N, 114° 45.288′ W. Marker is in Felicity, California, in Imperial County. Marker is at the intersection of Sidewinder Road North and Tucker Road, on the right when traveling south on Sidewinder Road North. Touch for map. Access to Sidewinder Road is from I-8 using Exit 164. Marker is in this post office area: Winterhaven CA 92283, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hernando De Alarcon Expedition - 1540
Site of Camp Pilot Knob Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 22, 2008
2. Site of Camp Pilot Knob Marker
(approx. 2.4 miles away); Mormon Battalion Crossing / Colorado River Crossing (approx. 3.3 miles away in Arizona); U.S. Army of the West — Mormon Battalion (approx. 6.5 miles away in Arizona); Immaculate Conception Parish (approx. 6.5 miles away in Arizona); Obregon (approx. 6.7 miles away); Yuma Crossing (approx. 7.8 miles away in Arizona); Robert G. Fowler (approx. 7.8 miles away in Arizona); Yuma Crossing Park (approx. 7.8 miles away in Arizona).
 
Also see . . .  Historic California Posts: Camp Pilot Knob. (Submitted on December 30, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, World II
 
Site of Camp Pilot Knob Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 22, 2008
3. Site of Camp Pilot Knob Marker
Pilot Knob can be seen in the distance.
Original layout of Camp Pilot Knob image. Click for full size.
By from BLM 1986:Map 16, June 30, 2000
4. Original layout of Camp Pilot Knob
Site of Camp Pilot Knob Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 15, 2012
5. Site of Camp Pilot Knob Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 845 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 17, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4. submitted on December 30, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   5. submitted on December 20, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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