Camp Sherman Timeline

  1. 1917

     

    Camp Sherman is built on 2,000 acres north of Chillicothe to train soldiers for World War I.

  2. 1918
    German prisoners-of-war are confined at Camp Sherman (about 200).
  3. 1918

     

    Spanish Flu outbreak requires quarantine of Camp Sherman and Chillicothe.

  4. 1919
    Soldiers, including wounded men, return from Europe to Camp Sherman to be discharged.
  5. 1919
    Government auctions of supplies and other property at Camp Sherman begin.
  6. 1921
    Camp Sherman is among the last of the World War I Army training camps to be decommissioned.
  7. 1922
    Final army soldiers discharged or reassigned from Camp Sherman to other locations.
  8. 1922
    State of Ohio begins leasing the rifle range (now Camp Sherman Joint Training Center).
  9. 1922
    State of Ohio begins purchasing land in the Camp Sherman Artillery Range (now Scioto Trail State Forest).
  10. 1922
    Ohio Historical Society begins archaeological excavation and reconstruction of Native American mounds on the site.
  11. 1923

     

    President Harding proclaims Mound City a national monument (Now Hopewell Culture National Historic Park).

  12. 1924
    The Veterans Administration Hospital begins admitting patients in newly constructed buildings.
  13. 1926
    United States Industrial Reformatory opens to inmates on former Camp Sherman land.
  14. 1930

     

    Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructs roads, lakes, and facilities at Scioto Trail State Forest.

  15. 1936
    Union-Scioto Rural School (Now Unioto) opens on land adjacent to the Camp Sherman site.
  16. 1955
    Baseball stadium completed at Veterans Administration Hospital.
  17. 1957
    Unioto Elementary School opens on former Camp Sherman land.
  18. 1959
    Ohio Division of Wildlife obtains part of the Camp Sherman Maneuver Grounds (Now Pleasant Valley Wildlife Area).
  19. 1960
    Golf Course and Gymnasium completed at Veterans Administration Hospital.
  20. 1960
    Visitor Center is opened at Mound City (Now Hopewell Culture National Historic Park).
  21. 1966
    Chillicothe Correctional Institution opens on former Camp Sherman land.
  22. 1967
    City of Chillicothe and Ross County host 50th Anniversary Celebration of Camp Sherman.
  23. 1971
    Ohio Army National Guard takes full control of the Rifle Range.
  24. 1973
    Unioto High School opens on former Camp Sherman land.
  25. 1975
    Camp Sherman Memorial Park opens on former Camp Sherman land.
  26. 1987
    Ross Correctional Institution opens on former Camp Sherman land.
  27. 1996
    Official legislation establishes the Camp Sherman Memorial Highway (State Route 104).
  28. 2002
    Unioto Middle School opens on former Camp Sherman land.
  29. 2007
    Two original Camp Sherman gateposts found buried during widening of State Route 104.
  30. 2010
    Dedication of Camp Sherman Joint Training Center.
  31. 2017
    City of Chillicothe and Ross County host 100th Anniversary Celebration of Camp Sherman.

Timeline entries courtesy of the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Historic photos courtesy of Wikipedia.

Mound City photo courtesy of Hopewell Culture Historical Park.