:: UrbEx Series : Fort Ord ::
Fort Ord sits near Monterey, CA, on a 28,000 acre reserve that in its day was the place to go for infantry training in the US Army. It began it’s mark in US military history in 1846 during the Mexican-American War.
The location finally became known as Ft. Ord in 1940, and in September of 1994 it was closed by the US Army.
But by the time of it’s official recognition as a permanent Army outpost, it had grown to cover more than 20,000 acres. It was a famous staging area for many famous fighting units and divisions. Such as the 32nd-Infantry Division, 6th Infantry and the 3rd Infantry Division
There’s also an 8,000 acre firing-range there, and apparently some unexploded ordnance if you know what I mean
Aside from the firing range there’s also a 6500 acre munitions area in which the Army has been attempting to get rid of for several years now. Back in October 2003, the Army planned a control burn of 500 acres, but they wound up scorching about 1500! Yikes!
The Base Realignment and Closure Act of 1988 finally included Ft Ord as a target to reduce costs – overall, 120+ bases have closed since this act.
Ft Ord is just US military history now
See the Flickr set here.