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Camp Ford Historic Site and Park

4167 North Northeast 323 Loop, Tyler, TX 75708, USA

Camp Ford was the largest Confederate Prisoner of War Camp west of Mississippi River during the American Civil War. Between August 1863 and May 1865, it held over 5,400 prisoners from every Union state with the exception of Delaware and Vermont. After intensive archaeological investigation, the remarkably intact site is now an interpretive historic park with permanent covenants. Interpretive tools are available at the site, including a roofed kiosk with ten informational panels and a walking trail with ten informational tablets. Also on site is the cabin of Lt. Col. J.B. Leake, 20th Iowa, which has been reconstructed from two detailed drawings found in his diary. Nearby is the Smith County Historical Society’s Museum and Archives Collection at the Tyler Carnegie Library Building. Information and resources related to Camp Ford are available there.


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From the intersection of IH 20 and US 271, (exit 257A) proceed southwest on US 271 towards Tyler, 8.5 miles to the first traffic light at the intersection of Loop 323 NNW (Camp Ford Parkway). Turn left, proceed 250 feet and turn left into the park entrance.

Regular Events

Annual Living History program in the spring that coincides with the Tyler Texas Azalea Trails and Festival.

Available Interpretation

Located at the site entrance is a roofed kiosk that visually depicts the two periods of the log palisade that enclosed the camps, the kiosk contains ten informational panels with both texts and graphics. There is also a walking trail with ten informational tablets.

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