Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ft. Meade Tour

By Jim Weaver

Society members and guests gathered at Ft. Meade on Sunday, June 21, 2009, for lectures, a video presentation, a tour of its history museum, and a guided tour of the grounds of this historic military reservation.

Among the subjects covered were base layout and architecture; life as a Calvary post, CCC camp, and German POW camp; location of the Ute Indian camp, and the Historic Cemetery. The post currently serves as a Veterans Hospital and a National Guard training facility. Many of the residential buildings house personnel that are associated with these activities.

The Black Hills National Cemetery is currently raising and realigning the headstones in the Historic Cemetery. When the project is completed, the stones will stand tall and as straight as soldiers on the Fort’s drill field.