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1917 November 25
Panoramic photograph titled "Camp Pike - Little Rock, AR. - Nov. 25th, 1917" of Camp Pike, Pulaski County, Arkansas, 1917. The birds-eye-view photograph shows barracks, mule sheds, horse sheds, a drill field, a railroad line with boxcars from Iron Mountain Railroad, Sewer Department building, a shack with an "Employment Apply Here" sign, soldiers walking, soldiers in automobiles, and various other buildings. An inscription on image identifies the photographer as "Linton Prints #4" in lower right lower corner. Linton is probably the photography studio of Edgar A. Linton Photo Co., which is listed in the Little Rock City Directory in 1919 and 1920. Handwritten notations of locations in the image include: Y.M.C.A., South Ave., Mule Sheds, A Co., Horse Sheds, X, o a., Our Drill Ground, H H, R.R.S., 4, O - F, I, and S.
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.
1 panoramic photograph, 7.5" x 40"
Military camps; Military training; War; World War I, 1914-1918; Soldiers
Camp Pike, Pulaski County (Ark.)
General photo file, G5490
General photo file
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Camp Pike - Little Rock, AR. - Nov. 25th, 1917, General photo file, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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