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Date Original

circa 1918


Foldout souvenir letter called "Souvenir Letter from Camp Pike, Ark." with images of Camp Pike, Pulaski County, Arkansas, ca. 1918. The souvenir letter folds out into five sections with images of Camp Pike on the front including: an image of the front gate of Camp Pike with space to write a mailing address (section 1); a quote from Stephan Decatur with images of President Woodrow Wilson, General John J. Pershing, and an American flag (section 2); Headquarters (section 3); Liberty Theatre (section 4); and Hostess House, Y.M.C.A. (section 5).

Biographical/Historical Note

Camp Pike, known as Camp Joseph T. Robinson since 1937, is located in present day North Little Rock, Arkansas. Named in honor of Brigadier General Zebulon M. Pike, Camp Pike served as a home and training camp for the 87th Division (National Army) and then as a replacement training facility after the division deployed to France during World War I. Construction totaling about $13,000,000 on the camp began in June 1917 and was substantially complete by November 1917. The post was a demobilization station and home for the U.S. Third Infantry Division as World War I came to an end. Between World War I and World War II, the camp served as the headquarters of the Arkansas National Guard. During World War II, Camp Robinson became a replacement training center, primarily for basic training and medics, and a German prisoner of war facility. As of 2014, Camp Joseph T. Robinson serves as a 33,000-acre training facility for the Army National Guard and is the headquarters for the Arkansas National Guard.


Printed description on section 1 reads: "Souvenir Letter from Camp Pike, Ark. M______________________ 3 c WITH MESSAGE 1c WITH NAME ONLY ENTRANCE OF CAMP PIKE." Printed description on section 2 reads: "'Our County! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our county, right or wrong.' - Stephen Decatur. Published by Ewing, Inc., Photographers, Camp Pike, Ark." Printed description on section 3 reads: "HEADQUARTERS." Handwritten description on section 3 reads: "Camp Pike Ark. 1918" Printed description on section 4 reads: "LIBERTY THEATRE." Printed description on section 5 reads: "HOSTESS HOUSE, Y.M.C.A." Handwritten description on section 5 reads: "at Camp Pike, Ark. 1918"

Physical Description

Document, 18" x 5.5"


Military camps; Military training; War; World War I, 1914-1918


Ewing, Inc., Photographers, Camp Pike, Arkansas

Geographical Area

Camp Pike, Pulaski County (Ark.)




General photo file, G1766

Resource Type



General photo file


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Souvenir letter from Camp Pike, Ark., General photo file, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Souvenir letter from Camp Pike, Ark.