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Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The ‘Real’ Camp Barkeley

 
 
The 'Real' Camp Barkeley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2015
1. The 'Real' Camp Barkeley Marker
Inscription. The original Camp Barkeley was one of the United States Army’s largest training installations during World War II. The base was located southwest of Abilene, Texas near what is now Dyess Air Force Base. The base was named after David B. Barkley, a Medal of Honor recipient during World War I. The camp was 70,229 acres in size and had a population of 50,000 at its peak of operation.

Construction of the camp began in December 1940 and was completed in July 1941. Before it was finished, the 19,000 man 45th Infantry Division began to occupy the camp. Other units that trained at the camp include the 11th Armored Division, and the 12th Armored Division. The Medical Administrative Officer Candidate School was established at Barkeley in May of 1942.

On February 1, 1944, the 1846th Unit POW Camp was activated at Camp Barkeley. At its peak, in March 1945, the POW camp housed 840 German prisoners.

Camp Barkeley was officially closed in September 1945 and dismantled. The land, which was leased, reverted back to the original landowners. Today, only the original concrete roads remain to mark its location.

To learn more about Camp Barkeley visit the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum, located at 1289 North Second Street in Abilene. Open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
 
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The 'Real' Camp Barkeley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2015
2. The 'Real' Camp Barkeley Marker
Marker is located near the front entrance to the Abilene Zoo
12th Armored Division Memorial Museum.
 
Location. 32° 26.298′ N, 99° 41.394′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker can be reached from E. South 11th Street (State Highway 36) west of Loop State Highway 322. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the dog parks (and near the front entrance to the Abilene Zoo) in the southeast corner of Grover Nelson Park; the above directions are to Grover Nelson Park. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene TX 79602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Judge Walter R. Ely (approx. one mile away); The Texas 36th Division Memorial Highway (approx. 1˝ miles away); Parramore Post #57, American Legion (approx. 1.8 miles away); Eugenia Pickard (approx. 1.8 miles away); Lindbergh in West Texas (approx. 1.9 miles away); Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Mexican-American / Americanization School (approx. 2.3 miles away); "Double V" Memorial Flagpole (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The linked marker is the nearby Texas state historical marker for Camp Barkeley.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Entrance to Dog Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2015
3. Entrance to Dog Park
Marker is located left (north) of the entrance to the small dog park in Grover Nelson Park
Back Side of The 'Real' Camp Barkeley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2015
4. Back Side of The 'Real' Camp Barkeley Marker
Located in front of the entrance to the small dog park in Grover Nelson Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 31, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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