During World War II the Desert Training Center was created comprising of 18,000 square miles covering parts of California, Nevada, and
Arizona. The DTC was used between 1942 and 1944 where General George S. Patton commanded. Over 1,000,000 U.S. troops trained for duty
within the area for duty in North Africa. Within the DTC were twelve divisional camps, two of which we will be visiting, Camp Iron Mountain and
Camp Granite. Camp Iron Mountain operated between March 1942 and April 1944. The 3rd Armored Division trained here and at any one time as
many as 20,000 U.S. troops occupied this camp. At Camp Granite the 76th Field Artillary Brigade and the 90th Infantry Division trained.
Today all that is left of these camps is rock mosaics, alters and road alignments. Tank tracks still mark the landscape. I have included two links that
provide more information and historical photos. Military Museum and BLM-Patton
When viewing these photos please think of all the men who trained here and gave there lives for the
United States of America
One of two alters found at Camp Iron Mountain.
Doing the mommy thing
Rock pathway probably surrounding a tent.
Another shot of the stone alter
Some ordinance still laying around !