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Camp Ford

Address: Highway 271, 0.8 miles north of Loop 323, Tyler, TX
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Ranked #14 of 16 Attractions in Tyler
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Chipley, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Camp Ford is the site of a most dreadful Civil War POW Camp. circa 1863-1865. It is slowly being restored after much neglect and after being threatened by commercial encroachment. But Camp Ford is rich in American history. The Union soldiers who were imprisoned there in deplorable conditions deserve to have the memory of their sacrifice preserved, because without that... More

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Branson, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This was small roadside history marker with information in an open air building and a small walking trail with some "reconstructed" dwellings. Great for an American history buff. Probably not too interesting for kiddos and such.

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Pearland, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Kids loved the rustic trails, small bridge and small cabin and tent they could go in. Lots of artists renderings showing the civil war encampment. Husband is a military history buff and found the site very interesting. I enjoyed just being outside on the wooded trails.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

A nice walk with informative historical information. I would like to have see tunnel prisoners dug and replica of mud cave dwellings.

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Tyler, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Very interesting and fun to walk through. Need some repairs though. It was worth the time spent. Great for outdoors activity.

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Longview, Texas, United States
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92 reviews 92 reviews
32 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

There is a lot of history in this area of East Texas/ Tyler and if you research it some it will prove more enjoyable. They do have annual festivals there and a good family activity. I just wish they had a bigger display and education points. This was a pivotal part of history.

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Forney, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

This is a great stop if your traveling down I-20 between Dallas, TX and Shreveport, LA. You can get out stretch and walk the interpretation trail telling the history of the Civil War POW camp. Worth a stop.

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Austin, Texas
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69 reviews 69 reviews
9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

The site of the Confederate POW camp where federal soldiers was held was interesting to an old history buff. Not much is left of it, but the descriptions posted appropriately tell the story of the hardships of the Civil War, and some of the foibles of the main characters at the time. A replica of a cabin is on site,... More

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Dallas, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We drove past it before going it and the kids (6,4 and 2) were really excited. Abotu 1/4 way in the kids got bored. There is alot to read and very informative, but not for small kids. It wasnt particularly well maintained. the parking was an open gravel area with multiple holes, not out of character for area. This could... More

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Tyler, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

This historical site has suffered from neglect. The history here is fascinating enough, formerly a civil war prison camp, but so much more could be done to tell the story.

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