The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Camp Dodge by local authors Mary L. Jones and Michael W. Vogt. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images documenting the history of the camp.
The Camp Dodge military reservation, located northwest of Iowa’s capital, has been a community presence in times of war and peace. During World War I, a city serving over 45,000 soldiers sprang up inside its boundaries. As quickly as the army’s city was built, it was dismantled, no longer needed at the war’s end.
The land again became a training area for the Iowa National Guard. The community found a home here too, flocking to one of the world’s largest outdoor swimming pools, built in the early 1920s. World War II saw the post processing new soldiers and training the Iowa State Guard, left behind to safeguard the state.
The authors hope the book will “encourage more in-depth research into the stories of those people whose lives were intertwined with Camp Dodge’s history.”
Highlights of Camp Dodge:
• Proceeds from the book will benefit the Iowa National Guard Memorial Association.
• Camp Dodge was once home to one of the largest outdoor filtered pools in the world. Built between 1921 and 1922 and holding 2.5 million gallons of water, the pool was finally close in 2002 and filled in 2008.
• Famous politicians who visited Camp Dodge include former presidents Howard Taft, Teddy Roosevelt and Vice President Richard Cheney.
• The 18,000-man “Human Statue of Liberty” photo was taken at Camp Dodge by Chicago photographers Arthur Mole and John Thomas in 1918. This photo still creates interest and curiosity – even appearing in national magazines and on internet sites, with discussions as to whether it is a “real” photo or a trick of the camera.
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