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Gainesville in Cooke County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Camp Howze

(One Mile West)

 
 
Site of Camp Howze Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
1. Site of Camp Howze Marker
Inscription. In operation from 1942 to 1946, Camp Howze served as an infantry training facility during World War II. It was named for General Robert Lee Howze (1864-1926), a native Texan whose distinguished career in the United States Army began with his graduation from West Point and included service in France, Puerto Rico, Germany, a South Dakota Indian War and the Philippine Insurrection, 1899-1902.

Clifford McMahon of the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce first contacted Federal authorities with the idea of establishing a military installation here. Attracted by the community's active endorsement of the plan, the government activated Camp Howze on August 17, 1942, under the command of Colonel John P. Wheeler. In addition to infantry training, the base was also the site of a German prisoner of war camp and an air support command base, now part of the Gainesville Municipal Airport. Services provided for the soldiers included camp exchanges, libraries, chapels, theaters, service clubs and a base newspaper, the "Camp Howze Howitzer."

The economic and social impact of Camp Howze on Gainesville was significant and was instrumental in the town's rapid growth and development.
 
Erected 1982 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4743.)
 
Location.
The view east towards I-35 and frontage roads. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
2. The view east towards I-35 and frontage roads.
33° 40.875′ N, 97° 9.579′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Texas, in Cooke County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 1202 0.2 miles east of Frontage Interstate 35 Frontage Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gainesville TX 76240, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Butterfield Overland Stage Line (approx. 3.4 miles away); American Paint Horse Association (approx. 3.8 miles away); Moffett Park (approx. 3.9 miles away); Cooke County C.S.A. / 2nd Frontier Regiment (approx. 3.9 miles away); Gainesville Community Circus (approx. 4 miles away); The Old California Trail (approx. 4 miles away); Santa Fe Passenger Depot (approx. 4 miles away); Barbed Wire in Cooke County (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
 
Also see . . .  Camp Howze, POW Camp and Infantry Training (with photos). (Submitted on August 15, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Additional keywords. POW Camp
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, World II
 
View west towards former Camp Howze location. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
3. View west towards former Camp Howze location.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 15, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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