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Camp Ford

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old fort

a lot of history but little to view as most of it is just land with posters up at entrance, I was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Randy W F
Civil war

Not real large area, but from time to time presents a good display of the civil war. Several... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tyler, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

a lot of history but little to view as most of it is just land with posters up at entrance, I was really interested in the history written about the site! Great for all Texas historians and Civil War buffs!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Randy W F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not real large area, but from time to time presents a good display of the civil war. Several individuals set up tents and ETC.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank robroten
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by during a visit to Tyler. The information about the POW camp was eye opening. I can't even imagine the hardships endured by prisoners and camp personnel. Another great reminder of our country's past and the need to keep this an important part of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank vdwagg
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

This is an amazing piece of history and it’s been allowed to go to seed. The asphalt walkway is breaking up and full of debris. It looks like there was supposed to be a cabin but there were just big logs laying there. Was going...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Melodycthomas
Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

I knew about this place but to actually see it and walk the grounds brought it to life. The largest pow camp west of the Mississippi River. I was blown away.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Joel M
Reviewed June 14, 2018

The grandsons had a great time learning some history and seeing the buildings and being able to visualize what it was like during this time period.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Val L
Reviewed March 17, 2018

Small little park on outskirts of town, free, can spend a little or long time here. We walked the trail, read the signs, learned a lot. Young to old enjoyed it. Obviously it is outdoors, so weather worn sights. Could be valued more by the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank trevorrohm
Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

If you’re really into US history or military history, you’ll probably enjoy this space. However, there’s not a great deal to actually see here. A few examples of housing the POWs built and some plaques describing the history, but mostly just trees and a stream.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank LadyPerrin
Reviewed November 18, 2017 via mobile

I’ve always been a history buff, and have read quite a bit about the Civil War, and frankly I was disappointed with Camp Ford. It appears that no one is maintaining this site. There were a few plaques around the walking path, and several at...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank BigPaulMn
Reviewed October 28, 2017

Camp Ford flies under the radar but is a very important site in American history, serving as the largest civil war camp west of the Mississippi. The information out here is excellent, and you really get a good sense of how the camp was set...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Lori G
April 12, 2015|
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Response from Lunchdate818 | Reviewed this property |
When I was there that morning last October at about 10 AM there was no charge, no gate. No one on duty.
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Dallas, Texas
Tyler in Late March (8 Replies)
I plan to attend a conference in Tyler for a few days in late March, and I’m starting my research now. I’m looking for some things to see and do when the conference is not in session. I usually enjoy historical sites, museums, and things like that. Any suggestions? I already have Camp Ford on my list of potential things to see. If you have been there, what do you think of it? Also, is there anything uniquely “Tyler” that a visitor shouldn’t miss? Since I’ll be in conference sessions much of...More
January 25, 2014|
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No bbq, no tex mex, no chains. I think you will go home hungry. Lol.. The food in Tyler leaves much to be desired. The Supermercado on Beckham has a mexican deli and the store sells great tres leches cake. My favorite pizza place was miles away and it recently closed. Chinese is the usual chain taste, Vietnamese is not up to par, Traditions has a good meat and two. Cheddars has a good pot pie.