US Army Camp White

US Army Camp White (HM24J5)

Location: Eagle Point, OR 97524 Jackson County
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N 42° 26.443', W 122° 50.414'

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At the beginning of World War II, the US Army established Camp George A. White in a part of Jackson County then known as the Agate Desert as a training cantonment. Soldiers from across the nation, including women and southern Oregon's first large coatingent of African-Americans, arrived here for "basic," boot camp, training. Camp White covered seventy-seven square miles, as far north as Shady Cove, with two giant ranges flanking the central one mile-wide and four mile-long "Building Core." More than 1300 buildings were erected in just eight months to house and train the 91st "Pine Tree" Division along with engineers, artillery, and medical units.
Most of Camp White buildings were wood but the Station Hospital, a giant 1400-bed institution, was built of brick and considered "semi-permanent." Camp White's population was 40,000, three times the size of Medford at the time. An estimated 100,000 troops were trained at Camp White for service in World War II.
Camp White was decommissioned in 1945 and most of the buildings were razed or relocated for other uses. After, considering a number of possibilities, the station hospital was transferred to the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans Affairs. It was re-opened as Camp White Domicillary in February 1949. Much of the old building core was redeveloped as an industrial

park, using the army's gridded street pattern and power system to support Jackson County's postwar timber industry. In 1960 the post office was renamed from "Camp White Station" to White City, today a thriving unincorporated community of nearly 10,000 residents. The VA "Dom" as many locals still affectionately call it, was renamed Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in 2003.
The buildings of the Camp White Station Hospital are among the best surviving elements of Camp White and represent an important period of southern Oregon and our nation's history. Building 200, the hospital's Administration Building, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
HM NumberHM24J5
Placed BySouthern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics
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Date Added Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 513139 N 4698722
Decimal Degrees42.44071667, -122.84023333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 26.443', W 122° 50.414'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 26' 26.58" N, 122° 50' 24.84" W
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Area Code(s)541
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Ave R, Eagle Point OR 97524, US
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