Fort Des Moines (3)
Fort Des Moines (3) (1901-Present) - A U.S. Army post established in 1901 as a cavalry post in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Active military installation.
Fort Des Moines (3) History
Authorized on 4 Apr 1900 and formally dedicated on 13 Nov 1903. Built out as an open plan brick fort on a treeless pasture. Housed infantry and cavalry units until World War I. In 1917 it became a Officer Training School for black officer candidates. As the war came to an end it was converted to a hospital for returning veterans.
During World War II the post became a training center for the Women's Army Corps (WAC). The post expanded with over 170 new buildings to house 65,000 enlisted women and 7,000 officers.
The post was officially deactivated in May 1946 but was reactivated in 1958. The post now houses Army Reserve and other federal tennants.
Active military installation in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Location: Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.
Maps & Images
Lat: 41.52546 Long: -93.61559
- Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 285
- North American Forts - Fort Des Moines
- Wikipedia - Fort Des Moines]
- NPS - Fort Des Moines Provisional Army Officer Training School