Description: Photograph of an aerial view of Camp Swift Headquarters, Finance Building, U. S. Post Office and a portion of the north cantonment area. The long wooden buildings are arranged parallel to each other, with the two-story Headquarters building in the center and the one-story Finance and Post Offce buildings to each side. A flag pole with flag is visible in the foreground, and the cantonment area buildings are in the background. Camp Swift was located in Bastrop County, 28 miles east of Austin. It was established in 1942 and named for Eben Swift, a World War I commander. It was the largest Army training and transshipment camp in Texas during World War II, and also housed German prisoners of war. After the war, much of the site was returned to former owners, but the government retained a portion for a Texas National Guard facility and a medium security prison.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library