Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Pismo Beach Recreational Camp
US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District History (28 September 1999)

Location: Pismo Beach Recreation Camp was originally located in Pismo Beach, California. However, this area was subsequently annexed into Grover City (now Grover Beach), California, in the area currently east of State Highway 1 (and the railroad tracks), north of Atlantic City Avenue, and south of Meadow Creek. The eastern boundary of the property is unclear. The property is located immediately across State Highway 1 from a State Monarch Butterfly Preserve.
History: The Army Recreation Camp was established in Pismo Beach in approximately March 1942. The Army acquired approximately 45 acres for this site, however, no records were available delineating the camp boundaries or detailing transfer of the property to the Army.

The Army used the property as a recreation camp for soldiers stations at nearby Camp San Luis Obispo, Camp Roberts, and the Amphibious Training Base at Morro Bay. In addition, the camp may have served as a rehabilitation and recreation center for soldiers returning from war. Army improvements included a mess hall/recreation hall and barracks to house as many as 800 soldiers on weekends. A maximum of approximately 40 buildings were present on the property.

The Army operated the recreation camp until October 1945. It is assumed that the Army disposed of the approximately 45-acre site soon after October 1945. No property transfer deeds or
records are available regarding relinquishment of the property by the Army. The former Army campsite is occupied by single family homes.
The camp was initially operated by a detachment from the 1910th Service Command Unit (Recreational Camp Activities) a 9th Service Command unit responsible for the operation of recreational camps throughout service command area of operations. At some point, the camp became a sub-post of Camp San Luis Obispo and was garrisoned by a detachment from the 1947th Service Command Unit (Camp San Luis Obispo Station Complement).
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