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Address: Highway 271, 0.8 miles north of Loop 323, Tyler, TX
Phone Number: 9035925993
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Not a lot to see but it's free and a good history lesson

Kind of a cool little place to walk through. Neat little trail type setting that can be done in about 30 minutes. Read a few signs along the way and learn about the POW camp... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
nbw791
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Kind of a cool little place to walk through. Neat little trail type setting that can be done in about 30 minutes. Read a few signs along the way and learn about the POW camp. Right on the corner so it's not far off the path plus it's free.

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Newburgh, IN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

I am a history buff and a member of a Civil War Roundtable, so this site was of interest to me. While traveling in East Texas and looking for places near Tyler to take a break, we found the Camp Ford site, a little bit of Civil War history that most people I am sure did not know about. The... More 

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Thank Thomas M
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

I love history and wanted to see this POW camp from the 1860's. There are plaques with interesting information around the history of the camp and area. You can walk a path through the wooded area and it has plaques describing how it look back in the day. Part of one of the paths crossed a creek and wasn't passable... More 

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Tyler, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

The large camp has a pleasant path to walk with rest benches. The plaques are informative. A nice way to take a break on a hot afternoon. Lots of shade.

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Thank Kroenig
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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2 Thank John S
Des Moines
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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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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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