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Address: Highway 271, 0.8 miles north of Loop 323, Tyler, TX
Phone Number: 9035925993
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Prisoner of War Site in East Texas

Camp Ford is at the junction of busy US 271 and Loop 323. There's a Valero/Whataburger store and restaurant across the road from the parking lot to the site. The parking lot is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2015
TallTexWally
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Texarkana, Texas
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Texarkana, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Camp Ford is at the junction of busy US 271 and Loop 323. There's a Valero/Whataburger store and restaurant across the road from the parking lot to the site. The parking lot is large enough for visitors, but is unpaved. There are many historical markers grouped together at the entrance to the park which describes in detail how this site... More 

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Texarkana,Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Camp Ford was the largest Confederate Prisoner of War Camp West of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War. Camp Ford was established in August 1863 and closed in May 1865. It is hard to fathom or understand that at its peak in July 1864, there were over 5,300 prisoners from 27 states who were detained here. The site... More 

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Burleson TX, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Camp Ford was a POW camp during the Civil War. Conditions for the prisoners was pretty bad, but as the war raged, some of the soldiers received "good time served" and were released to go into town. Pretty unusual - never heard of this before during the civil war. Decent size camp; not as large as Andersonville, GA.

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1 Thank John S
Des Moines
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Camp Ford is .8 miles north of the loop on the east side of the road. There is a large sign so you can't miss the place and the parking lot is gravel. Right next to the parking lot is a nice display with many signs describing the history of Camp Ford. Camp Ford was the largest confederate camp west... More 

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Flint, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

There is not much to what they are calling a fort --the picture you see there is about all there is --there civil war reenactments presented at times.

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Tyler, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

Nice place for a quick walk,very quiet. Gas station,mini-market and burger joint across the street.free parking and no entrance fees.

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Thank zzrtx11
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This civil war Prisoner of war Camp was just northeast of present day Tyler Texas. Built originally as "Camp Hubbard," it was a camp of instruction for inlistees for Confederate soldiers training for such duty as the "Army of the Trans Mississippi." It was later renamed Camp Ford and became a prisoner of war camp. When we visited we were... More 

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Denison, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

We were only ones there so very peaceful. We enjoyed the walk and read all the information we read. If you enjoy history go and enjoy! Doesn't take a lot of time but worth it!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It was very serene there. No one else was there. It was a nice walk amongst the trees. Nice piece of history

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Tyler, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This site is a cool place to go and just spend time. Lots of stuff to see there and let your imagination flow. If you really want to have a quality visit I suggest contacting Tours of Tyler to show you around and relate the history.

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