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Location DB > United States > California > Monterey > East Garrison
East Garrison
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created by tunnelbug on 2/11/2007 8:19 PM
last modified by cambrianguy on 2/9/2008 3:37 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
The East Garrison occupies 350 acres on the northeasternedge of the Fort Ord base and consists of military and industrial support areas, recreational facilities,and recreational open space
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Monterey, California
United States
Owner: US Govt?
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features

     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • part-time guard
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1917
    Closed: 1994
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  • gloves
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    But Fort Ord's true origin of development dates back to the year 1917. In August of that year the US government purchased 15,000 acres next to the area known today as the East Garrison, for the amount of 160,000 dollars. At that time the property was known as the Gigling Military Reservation. The name Gigling originated from a German family that had once held title to the property in that general area. So the fort's official title became Camp Gigling. Between the end of World War I and pre-World War II. Camp Gigling was primarily used as a maneuver area for the 11th "Black Horse" Cavalry and a artillery target range for the 76th Field Artillery. Both units were stationed at the Presidio of Monterey. During the summertime the 30th Infantry Regiment came down from the Presidio of San Francisco to use the reservation for maneuvers as did other Reserve and National Guard units.

    By 1933 when the reservation's name was changed to Camp Ord. It's landscaping was brush covered and almost impenetrable in many places. A simple dirt and gravel road connected the East Garrison and Gigling railroad spur located on Highway #1. There was a water well, a caretaker's house in the center of the reservation and a few bivouac sites. But other than these limited improvements. No additional changes were made at Camp Ord until 1938.

    The major changes of 1938 marked the excelled growth of the post. Colonel Homer M. Groninger, who was promoted to Major General at a later date, was in charge of the work and renovation. Utilizing the benefits of President Franklin D.Roosevelt's/ Works Projects Administration program. Col. Groninger supervised the expansion of the post into a large camp about a mile from the Gigling railroad spur and saw to it that the dense brush areas were cleared for future construction. Col. Groninger was working with an original WPA appropriation of $800,000. That amount would grow to over $6,000,000 for additional construction at the post.

    On Jan 4th 1940 the first joint Army and Navy maneuvers were held at the fort. A total of 10,000 troops and 1000 vehicles, boats, and horses took part in the maneuvers. Later in 1940 Col. Groninger gave instructions to build the first wooden barracks and mess halls. He included the tent city slabs in the East Garrison. The wooden barracks were suppose to be temporary. Not to last much longer than 5 years. The construction was so well done.They are still there today.
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     Future Plans

    The Draft Specific Plan envisions 1,400 housing units, 75,000 square feet (sf) of commercial, 11,000 sf of institutional uses, and 100,000 sf of artist studio space to be built in three phases over the next 20 years.

    Based on "smart growth" development principles, this new community will include affordable housing, walkable streets, a town center, and a cultural arts district.


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  • on Feb 9 08 at 3:37, cambrianguy changed the following: Status
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  • on Feb 11 07 at 20:45, tunnelbug made this location available
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