Fort Holabird

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Fort Holabird was a U.S. Army post in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, from 1918-1973. It was located in the southeast corner of the city, fronting on Holabird Ave. between Broening Highway and Dundalk Ave.


  • 1918: Established as Camp Holabird on 96 acres of marsh near Colgate Creek.[1] Established as the US Army's first motor transport training center and depot in southeastern Baltimore City. It was named for Army Quartermaster General and West Point graduate Samuel B. Holabird (1826-1907).
  • 1918: During World War I, Holabird supplied the American Expeditionary Force in France with Detroit-made vehicles. Thousands of military personnel were trained there to drive and repair automobiles and trucks.
  • 1918 or after: Became home to the Holabird Quartermaster Depot.
  • 2 July 1919: U.S. Navy blimp C-8 explodes while landing at Camp Holabird, injuring about 80 adults and children who were watching. Windows in homes a mile away are broken by the blast.[2][3]
  • 1920: by 1920 a center for the research and development of military vehicles was established at Holabird. Here the now famous Jeep was tested and refined.
  • 1942: Renamed as Holabird Ordnance Depot.
  • 1943: Renamed as Holabird Signal Depot.
  • 1947: Renamed as Camp Holabird.
  • 1950: Renamed as Fort Holabird. The U.S. Army Intelligence School and Counter Intelligence Records Facility based here until transferred to Fort Huachuca, Arizona in 1971.
  • Early 1970s: Because it was near Washington, D.C., it was used to guard witnesses in major federal cases, such as the Watergate hearings. Charles Colson and John Dean were among the Watergate witnesses held there.[4]
  • 1973: Closed, area has been redeveloped into an industrial park.



  1. ^ Gary Helton (2005). Images of America: Dundalk. p. 73
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  3. ^ New York times index for the published news - Google Boeken. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  4. ^ Charles Colson. Born Again, Chosen Books.
  • Gary Helton (2005). Images of America: Dundalk. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-4212-1. 

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Coordinates: 39°16′08″N 76°32′09″W / 39.2689°N 76.5357°W / 39.2689; -76.5357