Camp Withycombe

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The Kulongoski Gate of Camp Withycombe

Camp Withycombe, located in Clackamas County, Oregon,[1] United States, was originally established as Camp Benson after Governor Frank W. Benson, but was later renamed Camp Withycombe during World War I for Governor James Withycombe.[2]

Originally known as the Clackamas Rifle Range, it was established as a training camp in 1909 and expanded during World War I, during which it served as a headquarters for the National Guard, a central supply depot and training center. Pendleton, Oregon photographer Walter S. Bowman photographed Camp Benson in the early 20th century.[3]

In the 1930s, the camp became a supply depot. Some of the buildings on the camp property, such as the Adjutant General's house (1938), were built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

The camp still serves as a training facility, supply depot, and equipment repair facility for the National Guard but the rifle range is now closed.[4]

Site overview[edit]

Camp Withycombe is state land under the responsibility of the Oregon Military Department, a state agency, and is home to several Oregon Army National Guard (ORARNG) military units under the jurisdiction of federal and state military authorities.

Camp Withycombe is a 77+ acre site that is located at the foot of Mount Talbert southeast of Portland. The site contains historic military structures and has had a military armory on site since 1956. The site also contains maintenance, logistics and warehousing functions in support of military missions throughout the state. The site's armory/readiness training center functions have been identified for upgrade/replacement to house the corporate headquarters of the 41st Brigade as well as joint forces in a new Armed Forces Readiness Center for realigned units from closing United States Army Reserve (USAR) installations in the region.[5]

Oregon Military Museum[edit]

Camp Withycombe is the site of the Oregon Military Museum.[6] The museum is a member of the Army Museum System.[7]


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Coordinates: 45°24′47″N 122°33′15″W / 45.413042°N 122.55416°W / 45.413042; -122.55416