Camp Pike - World War 1 Cantonment - A.E.F. Training Center - Arkansas


Camp Pike, National Army Contonment, Little Rock, Arkansas


Camp Pike, Arkansas was named in honor of Brigadier General Zebulon M. Pike, U.S. Army, discoverer of Pike's Peak; killed in action, 1818. Established July 18, 1917 to serve as training camp for 87th Division (National Army) , which occupied the cantonment August 1917 to June 1918. Construction started June 17, 1917 and continued through 1918.

Designated as infantry replacement and training camp, April 1918, as infantry training center, August 21, 1918, and as a demobilization center, December 3, 1918. Retained as permanent reservation. Known as Camp Joseph T. Robinson since 1937.


Camp Pike Photographs - National Army Cantonment, Arkansas - 1918

Scenes of Camp Pike, National Army Cantonment

Contains 18 Pages of Photographs of the World War One United States Army Training Camp Pike. "Scrapbook style souvenir booklet" Published circa 1918.


Nurse Recreations at Camp Pike

Base Hospital at Camp Pike in Photographs

In World War I, Camp Pike National Army Cantonment, Little Rock, Arkansas was a base hospital treating wounded and ill soldiers. Below are several undated, circa 1918 that take you back in time, concentrating on the Medical Corps and personnel who assisted the soldiers of World War I get healthy again.


Orthopedic Ward WWI Cantonment Base Hospital circa 1918.

Camp Pike Medical Corps Biographies

The Medical Department of Camp Pike was served by physicians and surgeons, nurses, corpsmen, and support staff. Below are brief service biographies of the homeopathic physicians on staff at Camp Pike.


Photo Collage of Camp Pike

Camp Pike - History - World War I Army Cantonment

Camp Pike, situated eight miles northwest of Little Rock, Ark., houses the National Army forces drawn from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and western Alabama. Here an up-to-date military city of 42,000 capacity had virtually to be built in the midst of a wilderness.


Scene During the Construction of Camp Pike. Photo dated 30 August 1917.

Construction of Camp Pike 1917

The reservation near Little Rock, Arkansas, was a wilderness of rocks and scrub oak, the nearest railroad was seven miles away, and it was not until July 16th, 1917 that tracks of the Missouri Pacific, blasting their way through the rocks, reached the cantonment. Now its 1,663 buildings furnish accommodations for 43.900 men and 17,800 horses.


Other Materials Pertaining to Camp Pike

1917-1918 Camp Pike Trench and Camp (Newspaper), October 8 1917 (Volume 1, #1) to September 17, 1918 (Volume 1, #50). Positive Microfilm - Arkansas History Commission. 1 Roll.

1919 The 346th Infantry Historical Notes, 1917-1919. The history book of the 346th Infantry that trained at Camp Pike, Arkansas. Provides a complete roster of men in all companies including HQ. Many New Jersey service men were part of the 346th.


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