Fort Des Moines Provisional Army Officer Training School

Also known as: Fort Des Moines Military Reservation
Fort Des Moines Military Reservation, Des Moines, Iowa

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Fort Des Moines Historic Complex

1. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING EAST

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

Fort Des Moines is significant as the site of the army training camp for black officers during World War I, the first extensive attempt to education black officer candidates for the rigors of combat leadership. During and after World War I, the post attained recognition in medical circles for innovations in the field of orthopedics research. The fort is further significant as the home of the First WAAC Training Center during World War II, where more than 72,000 women completed training to assist the military mission, thereby fostering a greater role for women in the nation's military establishment. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS IA-121)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 30, 1974
Reference number
74000805
Areas of significance
Military; Ethnic Heritage - Black
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
District
Historic function
Fortification
Current functions
Fortification; Business; Government office
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant year
1917
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 37
Non-contributing buildings: 11

Update Log 

  • April 30, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger

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