Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Remount Depot / Keyton Station
During World War I, in the summer of 1917 the U.S. Army opened a remount depot here to buy horses and mules for Camp Sheridan's 27,000-man 37th Division from Ohio. Despite the introduction of motor transport to war, a U.S. infantry division still needed nearly 4,000 horses and 2,700 mules as draft, riding and pack animals to pull 40-wagon trains, guns and field ambulances in 1918. This post occupied 160 acres alongside the Central of Georgia R.R. on the highest elevation within 20 miles of Montgomery.
Major K.F. Schumann commanded this depot during most of the war. It had a capacity of 5,000 animals with 14 corrals and 14 packing chutes at the railroad platform. About 300 officers and men were in the permanent party and a blacksmith school trained 100 farriers. Troops were quartered south of the railroad and the animals kept to the north. The Remount Depot closed June 1919. The railroad stop here was called Keyton Station.
Erected 1996 by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Historical Preservation and Promotion Foundation & the Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 32° 21.661′ N, 86° 16.399′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2460 East Fifth Street, Montgomery AL 36106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln Cemetery / Rufus Payne, 1884-1939 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Site of St. James Holt Crossing Baptist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Huntingdon College (approx. 0.9 miles away); Forest Avenue's Medical Facilities / Oak Park Montgomery's First Public Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Montgomery County Vietnam War Memorial (approx. one mile away); Birthplace of Nat "King" Cole (approx. 1.1 miles away); Home of Ralph David Abernathy (approx. 1.1 miles away); Fitzgerald Home (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Categories. • Animals • Railroads & Streetcars • War, World I •
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