Camp Withycombe

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Camp Withycombe (1909-Present) - Established as Camp Benson and named after then Oregon Governor Frank W. Benson. Renamed Camp Withycombe for Governor James Withycombe on 21 Jun 1916 during the mobilization of the Oregon National Guard for the Mexican Expedition commanded by Major General John J. Pershing, (Cullum 3126). Active Oregon National Guard post.

History

Originally known as the Clackamas Rifle Range it was established as a training camp in 1909 and expanded in June 1916 for mobilization of the Oregon National Guard for the Mexican Expedition commanded by Major General John J. Pershing. The post was further expanded with the mobilization of the National Guard for World War I. During World War I it served as a headquarters for the National Guard, a central supply depot and training center.

In the 1930s the camp became a supply depot. Some of the buildings on the camp property, such as the Adjutant General's house (1938), were built by the WPA during this period.

The camp still serves as a training facility, supply depot, and equipment repair facility for the National Guard but the rifle range is now closed.

Historic Structures

Historic buildings constructed prior to 1940 include:

  • Mess Hall, ca. 1912 (Bldg. 200)
  • Storage Building, 1910 (Bldg. 206)
  • Feed Barn, 1910 (Bldg. 305)
  • Two Storage Buildings, 1910 (Bldgs. 308, 310)
  • Supply Building, 1920 (Bldg. 450)
  • Barn, ca. 1903 (Bldg. 525)
  • 1938 Colonial Style Adjutant General's House, constructed by the WPA.

Current Status

Former Camp Withycombe Oregon Military History Museum - Now Closed

Active Oregon National Guard post with the Oregon Military Museum on site. The Oregon Military Museum has been "temporarily" closed to the public for renovation for over 10 years. Since 2009 the Museum’s contents and artifacts have been stored in the Clackamas Armory.



Location: 15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, Oregon 97015.

Maps & Images

Lat: 45.41079 Long: -122.55854


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Visited: 10 Nov 2007

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