Ghost Towns, Hyder, Arizona
I found this old camp after leaving Agua Caliente on the way to Hyder Ghost Town. This location has 10-15 structures that appear to be built in the late 1800s. The property is littered with no trespassing signs and has a mobile home in the middle of the lot which looked lived in. This camp appears to be tailored for high ranking officers during the WW2 training era. The front building’s interior has early century furnishings and the wallpaper to match. It looks as no one has been in these buildings since the late 30s to early 40s. A neat find with that eerie vibe!
In 1942, native Californian Major General George S. Patton selected an area of the Arizona-California desert to prepare his troops for action in the North African desert which would mark the US entrance into World War II. The Desert Training Center would become the largest Army base in the world, stretching from the outskirts of Pomona, California east to within 50 miles of Phoenix, Arizona, south to Yuma, Arizona and north to Las Vegas, Nevada. In Arizona, the facility included Camps Bouse, Horn, Hyder and Laguna.
In the facility's brief lifespan the need for desert training dramatically decreased with victory in North Africa - nearly 1,000,000 troops received training there. Patton presided over his troops at the camp until their departure in November, 1942. Other troops followed, but the camp was closed in May, 1944.