Camp Joseph T. Robinson
Camp Joseph T. Robinson (1917-Present) - A U.S. Army post established as Camp Pike in 1917 in Pulaski County, Arkansas. Initially named for General Zebulon M. Pike, famed U.S. Army officer and explorer, who was killed in action 27 Apr 1813, during the War of 1812. Renamed for U.S. Senator Joseph Taylor Robinson of Arkansas in 1937. Active Arkansas National Guard post. Also known as Camp Robinson (3).
The 6,000‑acre post was established 8 Jul 1917 to train soldiers for World War I and as a replacement for Fort Roots. The construction was overseen by Major John Fordyce and over 10,000 workers were employed in the project.
By 1918 the post housed upward of 100,000 men. As the war ended it became a demobilization center for returning troops and was retained as a permanent installation. Between World War I and World War II the camp served as a training post for Arkansas National Guard and the Citizen's Military Training Camps (CMTC). In 1937 the post was renamed for Senator Joseph Taylor Robinson and by 1941 the post was reactivated as a federal installation and a massive expansion was underway.
Camp Joseph T. Robinson expanded to 48,188 acres during World War II. It was used for basic training and as a Prisoner of War (POW) Camp for up to 4,000 German prisoners of war. The post was declared surplus after World War II and some 30,000 acres were transferred to the State of Arkansas for use by the Arkansas National Guard. The remaining land was distributed to various entities.
Active Arkansas National Guard Military Installation, Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Pulaski County, Arkansas.
Visited: 28 Oct 2011