Memories of Camp Cody Weblog

August 3, 2013

San Antonio Has A Rumor Camp Cody To Be Abandoned

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 4:56 pm

San Antonio, Texas – Rumors circulated here to the effect that the war department would seek another location for Camp Cody, under construction at Deming, New Mexico, and beginning to be occupied by state troops from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas, brought the reply from Colonel Malvern Hill Barnum, chief of staff to General John Ruckman, southern department commander, that no information has come from Washington regarding the abandonment of Deming as the location of the camp. “The report is not correct, so far as I know,” said Colonel Barnum.

The discontinuance of sending carpenters to Camp Cody and the story that there was a lack of water at Deming, were assigned as reasons for the rumored abandonment of Deming as a training place.

San Antonio citizens stand ready to invite the department to send the troops to this city, it was said. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, August 31, 1917

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