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Camp Zachary Taylor - Birthplace of the 84th Division

 Opening Day Nov 3 1917 F 200

   World War 1 Training Camp for the 84th division 1917-1920

          Field Artillery Central Officers Training School (F.A.C.O.T.S.) 1918-1920          

      1st BRIGADE, 25th INFANTRY DIVISION 1917-1919

 U.S Army Chaplin School 1918-1919

     1,787 Buildings - Housing 45.424 Personal
          Constructed in 1917 in Louisville, Kentucky in 90 Days

             Where over 150,000 men were trained during the "World War"

  This construction project was conceived, drawn and built (and substantially complete) in 69 calendar days. It was turned over to the Construction Quartermaster 80 days after the first board was cut. The Main Camp covered nearly 4000 acres and contained 1787 buildings. The artillery range was an additional 16,000 acres. The initial cost was $7, 041,400.00. However, the army continued construction during the three years of occupation. On January 1, 1919, the total expenditures for construction topped out at over $8,800,000.00 .


Camp Zachary Taylor consisted of four reservation, (1) The Main Camp, (2) the Maneuver Field, (3) the Rifle Range and (4) the Remount Station.

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  Reservation 1- The Main Camp

51 Looking West A54 Preston Street

  Reservation 2 - The Maneuver Field

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  Reservation 3 - The Remount Station

Remount PC

  Reservation 4 - The Rifle Range

View at Rifle Range A

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Kentucky WWI Centennial Committee 

Contact: kentucky@worldwar1centennial.org

Committee Members

Heather French Henry, Deputy Commissioner KDVA
Jennifer Adrio, American Red Cross
Lisa Aug, KY Dept. Veterans Affairs (KDVA)
Candace Bradley, Lexington VAMC
Kristen Branscum, KY Tourism, Arts, Heritage
Bill Bright, KY Military History Museum
Mary Broeker, KY Commission on Women
Betty Butler, American Legion
Marvin Claywell, South Central KY Cultural Center
Robert Curren, Louisville Ballet
Helen H. Evans, DAR
Melissa Hall, KDVA
Greg Huen, AMVETS
James Holmberg, Filson Historical Society
Ken Maguire, Camp Zachary Taylor Historical Society
Lori Meadows, KY Arts Council
Marty Nemes, KY League of Cities
Penny Peaveler, Frazier History Museum
Stuart Sanders, KY Military History Museum
Dr. Margaret Spratt, Hopewell Museum
Kate Sprengnether, KY Arts Council
Roger Stapleton, KY Heritage Council
Sherry Wesley, South Central KY Cultural Center
Jerona White, KY Council for Social Studies
Judy Williams, Louisville VAMC



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