Camp Cody (1917-1920) - A World War I National Guard Training Camp first established in 1917 near Deming, Luna County, New Mexico. Named Camp Cody in G.O. 95, 18 Jul 1917, after William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill), U.S. Army Scout and showman. Abandoned in 1920.
World War I (1917-1918)
One of sixteen National Guard Training Camps established in 1917 to train World War I National Guard troops. Established in 1917 under the supervision of construction quartermaster Major Charles H. Miller on a site of about 2,000 acres. The camp was to have a capacity of about 28,000 officers and enlisted men, work was started 20 Jul 1917, it was complete in November 1917 at an eventual cost of $ 4,300,000.
The first commander of the Camp was Major General Augustus P. Blocksom (Cullum 2662) who formed the 34th U.S. Infantry Division and oversaw the training the troops. The 34th began arriving at Camp Cody in August 1917 and departed for France in October 1918. The 34th returned from Europe and was demobilized starting in December 1918.
At the end of the war the camp became a demobilization center until it was abandoned in 1920 except for the hospital which became a Public Health Service Hospital for veterans until 1922. The Sisters of the Holy Cross of Notre Dame took over the hospital and reopened it as a Tuberculosis sanitarium for the order and the public on 12 May 1923 and operated it until it burned down in 1938.
No remains on vacant property outside Deming in Luna County, New Mexico.