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Camp Funston, Fort Riley, Kansas

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Date: Between 1917 and 1919

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Photograph

Call Number: FK2.G2 C *3

Unit ID: 218784

Summary: This panoramic view shows Camp Funston on the Ft. Riley military reservation near Junction City, Kansas. The facility named after Brigadier General Frederick Funston, was one of sixteen divisional cantonment training camps built during World War I to house and train soldiers for military duty. Construction began in July of 1917 as buildings were laid out uniformly in city block squares with main streets and side streets on either side. The number of buildings estimated to have been built at the camp, were from 2,800 to 4,000 to accommodate the over 40,000 soldiers from the U.S. Army's 89th Division that were stationed at the facility. After the war, Camp Funston became a "mustering-out" center as soldiers prepared to return to civilian life. In 1924, the military decommissioned the 2,000 acre site with the dismantling of the buildings.

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Title (Main title): Camp Funston, Fort Riley, Kansas


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