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Address: Highway 271, 0.8 miles north of Loop 323, Tyler, TX
Phone Number: +1 903-592-5993
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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 bubblesReviewed July 25, 2016
nbw791
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Crossett
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

This is a great park to learn facts about the Civil War and think about the thousands of soldiers held as POW. Over 5000 were imprisoned at Camp Ford. Lots of signs and good reconstruction. History will not be lost here. Easy to access.

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Woodville, Texas
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

The park was awesome. There are signs everywhere explaining the history. There were over 5000 POW's housed there. You can almost feel their spirits.

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Thank 999debraj
Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 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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237 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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1 Thank Thomas M
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126 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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2 Thank JLGlenn
Tyler, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Texarkana, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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3 Thank TallTexWally
Texarkana,Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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3 Thank filmbuffintexas
Burleson TX, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Des Moines
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2 of 5 bubbles 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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