Historic California Posts, Camps,
Stations and Airfields
Needles Divisional Camp
US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles
District History (22 September 1999)
Acquisitions for the site by the War Department
were as follows:
37,701.27 acres transferred from the Department
of the Interior by Public Land Order No.1, dated June 20, 1942.
25,510.32 acres from the Department of
the Interior by Use Permit dated April 24, 1942.
15,840 acres from Southern Pacific Company
by Permissive Use Agreement dated February 11, 1942
315 acres leased from the State of California
under Lease No. W04-193-ENG-2403.
Total acquisition was 79,366.59 acres.
This total includes 776.84 acres of airport property located
within the site that were investigated in 1994 under separate
DERP-FUDS site number J09CA007100,
which results in an adjusted acreage of 78,589.75 acres. An additional
32,628 acres adjacent to the western boundary of the site were
determined by an Archives Search Report (ASR) investigation to
have been part of this site. Therefore, the corrected total site
acreage is 111,2~7.75 acres.
The site was utilized by the War Department (Army) as a divisional
camp and maneuver area during World War II troop training exercises.
Improvements included 14 showers, 29 latrines, 62 administration
buildings, and one miscellaneous building.
Disposals were as follows:
all acreage (79,366.59 total) declared
surplus on March 16, 1944
37,701.27 acres relinquished to the Department
of the Interior on January 13, 1947 by Public Land Order 342.
25,510.32 acres relinquished to the Department
of the Interior by letter dated April 18, 1949
15,840 acres by Permissive Use Agreement
from the Southern Pacific Company terminated on January 16, 1956
315 acres, Lease No. W04-193-ENG-2403,
leased from State of California terminated on June 5, 1944.
The majority of the site (63.211.59 acres)
is currently owned by the Department of the Interior and under
the control of the Bureau of Land Management. The remaining land
is mainly within the City of Needles and is currently held by
numerous private owners and state, county, and local governments.
Total disposal was 79,366.59 acres (less 776.84 acres of airport
property). An additional 32,628 acres were considered disposed
as part of the California-Arizona Maneuver Area dedudding program.
this area in the site gives a total of 111,217.75 acres disposed.
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