Stylized Sunflower

Camp Funston

Stylized Sunflower
 
picture of the Camp Funston marker.
Camp Funston was established as one of sixteen Divisional Cantonment Training Camps during World War I. Construction of the 2,000 acre camp began during the summer of 1917 and eventually encompassed approximately 1,400 buildings
 
Major General Leonard Wood commanded the camp. During World War I, nearly 50,000 recruits from the Great Plains trained here. They became part of the 89th Division that deployed to France in the spring of 1918. In addition, the 10th Division and black soldiers assigned to the 92nd Division received their basic training at Camp Funston.
 
The first recorded cases of what came to be the world-wide influenza epidemic were first reported here in March 1918.
 
Fort Riley Historical and Archaeological Society 1998

Marker text and picture sent by Robert Walter, Pittsburg, KS

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November 19, 2002 / Bob Walter / Wichita, Kansas / history@kslib.info

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