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Near Vidal in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Iron Mountain Divisional Camp

Desert Training Center

 

—California-Arizona Maneuver Area —

 
Iron Mountain Divisional Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Neal Samson, September 20, 2014
1. Iron Mountain Divisional Camp Marker
Inscription. Iron Mountain divisional camp was established at this site in the spring of 1942. One of eleven such camps built in the California-Arizona desert to harden and train United States troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. The first major unit trained here was the 3rd Armored Division followed by elements of the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Armored Divisions. In all, one million men trained in the desert before the training center was officially closed in May of 1944. The most unique feature built at this camp is the huge relief map built into the desert floor. It can still be seen. This monument is dedicated to the men and women who served here.

This monument placed by Billy Holcomb Chapter of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, Needles Resource Area.

October 13, 1985
Rededicated in 2014
 
Erected 2014 by Billy Holcomb Chapter of The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with The Bureau of Land Management, Needles Resource Area. (Marker Number 151.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 34° 
Iron Mountain Divisional Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 26, 2010
2. Iron Mountain Divisional Camp Marker
4.924′ N, 115° 7.786′ W. Marker was near Vidal, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker was on Desert Center - Rice Road (California Route 62 at milepost 90.7), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. About 45 miles east of Indio on I-10 at Desert Center. Take SR-177 north to the junction with SR-62. Turn right on SR-62. At 5.4 miles east of the SR-177/62 junction the Iron Mountain Plaque will be seen at a turnout on the left. Marker was at or near this postal address: 11646 California 62, Vidal CA 92280, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this location. Granite Divisional Camp (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This site is the first of the desert training camps of W.W. II commemorated by E Clampus Vitus. The most unique feature at this camp is the huge relief map built on the desert floor. The Bureau of Land Management, to preserve some history of the area, worked with Bill Pearson, XNGH-1984, of the Billy Holcomb Chapter to place these plaques. All of the Desert Training Center Commemorative plaques sites have since been determined to be California Registered Historic Landmarks.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
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Iron Mountain Divisional Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 26, 2010
3. Iron Mountain Divisional Camp Marker
 Desert Training Center, California-Arizona Maneuver Area. This was the largest Army base in the world covering some 18,000 square miles. It stretched from the outskirts of Pomona, California eastward to within 50 miles of Phoenix, Arizona, southward to the suburbs of Yuma, Arizona and northward into the southern tip of Nevada. It existed primarily to train U.S. forces in desert warfare for the North African campaign. (Submitted on January 4, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Iron Mountain Divisional Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 26, 2010
4. Iron Mountain Divisional Camp Marker
Iron Mountain Divisional Camp Marker with Re-Erection Crew image. Click for full size.
By Neal Samson, September 20, 2014
5. Iron Mountain Divisional Camp Marker with Re-Erection Crew
Neal Samson, Dennis Parker, Eric Nielsen, Tim Nunn, Bill Pearson, and Dave Hicks were responsible for restoring this monument.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,060 times since then and 60 times this year. Last updated on September 24, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1. submitted on September 24, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   2, 3, 4. submitted on January 4, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   5. submitted on September 24, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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