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FORT WOLTERS. Fort Wolters, established as Camp Wolters in 1925, is four miles east of Mineral Wells in Parker and Palo Pinto counties. It was named for Brig. Gen. Jacob F. Wolters,qv commander of the Fifty-sixth Brigade of the National Guard, and designated a summer training site for his units. Mineral Wells donated fifty acres, leased 2,300 acres, and in World War IIqv provided land to increase the camp's area to 7,500 acres. The camp became an important infantry-replacement training center with a troop capacity that reached a peak of 24,973. Six months after the end of the war the camp was deactivated.

Local businessmen purchased the land and facilities and converted them to private use. The tensions of the cold war, however, resulted in the reopening of the camp in early 1951, under the authority of the United States Air Force. At the installation, then named Wolters Air Force Base, was housed the newly formed Aviation Engineer Force. Special-category army and air force personnel were trained there.

In September 1956 the base became the Primary Helicopter Center directed by the United States Army. In June 1963 it was renamed Fort Wolters. At the time all army rotary-wing aviators received basic and primary flight training there. The Vietnam War increased the need for pilots, and the base became the home for training not just army personnel, but also helicopter pilots for the Marine Corps in 1968 and for the Air Force in 1970. By 1970 Fort Wolters covered 8,500 acres and leased an additional 1,700 to help handle the 1,200 helicopters used at the camp. By January 1, 1973, 40,000 students had completed the twenty-week training program. The base was also the home of the Beach Army Hospital, the Eighty-fourth Military Police Detachment, the 328th United States Army Band, and United States Army Reserve Detachment 20, Sixteenth Weather Squadron.

In 1975 orders deactivating the base were issued. Part of the land and facilities became the property of the city and private businessmen; ninety acres and thirteen buildings became the Education Center of Weatherford College. A portion of the land was also transferred by the United States government to the state of Texas for development as part of Lake Mineral Wells State Park.qv
Main Gate circa 1945
Main Gate circa 1945
Main Gate. . .circa 1964
Main Gate. . .circa 1964
Main Gate. . . .   April 2006
Main Gate. . . . April 2006
Camp Wolters Entrance - 1935
Camp Wolters Entrance - 1935
Main Gate circa 1960
Main Gate circa 1960
Postcard
Postcard
Arts & carfts center. . .then & now
Arts & carfts center. . .then & now
Arts & Crafts Center 2010
Arts & Crafts Center 2010
One of many abandoned barracks
One of many abandoned barracks
State historical marker at entrance
State historical marker at entrance
Remains of  heliport #2 tower
Remains of heliport #2 tower
Abandoned barracks
Abandoned barracks
Heliport #2
Heliport #2
Area just east of the main heliport.  Shown on maps of Camp Wolters as Ranges
Area just east of the main heliport. Shown on maps of Camp Wolters as "Ranges"
Beech Army Hospital. . .then
Beech Army Hospital. . .then
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wolthosp.jpg
Beach Army Hospital. . .today
Beach Army Hospital. . .today
Rear of hospital
Rear of hospital
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IMG_5920.jpg
Fire Station
Fire Station
Camp Wolters Chapel. . .
Camp Wolters Chapel. . .
Camp Wolters Chapel. . . April 2006
Camp Wolters Chapel. . . April 2006
Current National Guard Armory
Current National Guard Armory
IMG_1050.JPG
IMG_1050.JPG
GasStation2.jpg
GasStation2.jpg
FtWolters_TX_66.jpg
FtWolters_TX_66.jpg
Staging Fields
Staging Fields
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222838242_o.jpg
Wolters_Arena.png
Wolters_Arena.png
Camp Wolters Map
Camp Wolters Map
Wolters Church #1
Wolters Church #1
Easter Service 1959
Easter Service 1959
Easter 1959
Easter 1959
Nike missile in front of the Baker Hotel
Nike missile in front of the Baker Hotel
IMG_1055.JPG
IMG_1055.JPG
Fort Wolters
Fort Wolters
Camp Wolters Panorama
Camp Wolters Panorama
H-23 helicopter on approach to main heliport.
H-23 helicopter on approach to main heliport.
West main heliport tie-down area.
West main heliport tie-down area.
Bed Making Contest
Bed Making Contest
Helicopter at main heliport.
Helicopter at main heliport.
Stephenville Band
Stephenville Band
Honest John Missile
Honest John Missile
Dental Clinic
Dental Clinic
105mm Howitzer
105mm Howitzer
Beeah Army Hospital
Beeah Army Hospital
Camp Wolters HQ
Camp Wolters HQ
Location where the Camp HQ was once located
Location where the Camp HQ was once located
Wolters HQ aerial
Wolters HQ aerial
Wolters aerial
Wolters aerial
Main Heliport aerial
Main Heliport aerial
Service Club
Service Club
Wolters aerial
Wolters aerial
courtesy: Boyce Ditto Public Library, Mineral Wells, Texas.
courtesy: Boyce Ditto Public Library, Mineral Wells, Texas.
Camp Wolters Map
Camp Wolters Map
courtesy: Boyce Ditto Public Library, Mineral Wells, Texas.
courtesy: Boyce Ditto Public Library, Mineral Wells, Texas.
General William Westmoreland tours Dempsey Heliport
General William Westmoreland tours Dempsey Heliport
courtesy: Boyce Ditto Public Library, Mineral Wells, Texas.
courtesy: Boyce Ditto Public Library, Mineral Wells, Texas.
courtesy: Boyce Ditto Public Library, Mineral Wells, Texas.
courtesy: Boyce Ditto Public Library, Mineral Wells, Texas.
courtesy: Boyce Ditto Public Library, Mineral Wells, Texas.
courtesy: Boyce Ditto Public Library, Mineral Wells, Texas.
Wolters HQ
Wolters HQ
Wolters HQ
Wolters HQ
Fort Wolters HQ  -  Yesterday & Today
Fort Wolters HQ - Yesterday & Today
Barracks Interior
Barracks Interior
Barracks
Barracks
Theater today
Theater today
Theater
Theater
Base theater in 2001
Base theater in 2001
Range
Range
Baker Hotel
Baker Hotel
Wolters Gas Station
Wolters Gas Station
Stephenville Band
Stephenville Band
Brochure pg1
Brochure pg1
Brochure pg 2
Brochure pg 2
Brochure pg  3
Brochure pg 3
Camp Wolters Hospital Entrance (WWII)
Camp Wolters Hospital Entrance (WWII)
Camp Wolters with troop train in distance (WWII)
Camp Wolters with troop train in distance (WWII)
Camp Wolters Rifle Range (12 October, 1942)
Camp Wolters Rifle Range (12 October, 1942)
Wolters Pistol Range  (October 12, 1942)
Wolters Pistol Range (October 12, 1942)
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Screen Shot 2012-07-07 at 2.50.02 PM.jpg
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Screen Shot 2012-07-07 at 2.50.55 PM.jpg
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Screen Shot 2012-07-07 at 2.51.36 PM.png
Damage to TH-55A helicopters, April 13, 1967
Damage to TH-55A helicopters, April 13, 1967
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Screen Shot 2012-07-07 at 3.23.57 PM.png
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Screen Shot 2012-07-07 at 2.53.09 PM.png
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Screen Shot 2012-07-07 at 2.52.20 PM.png
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Screen Shot 2012-07-07 at 6.09.24 PM.jpg
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Screen Shot 2012-07-07 at 6.14.57 PM.jpg
Barracks
Barracks
1941
1941