Target Season 1924, Fort Douglas
Salt Lake City: 1924. Panorama silver gelatin photograph [20 cm x 94 cm] / [8" x 37"] A handful of minor creases at extremities and pinholes at the corners. Nice contrasts. Item #8048
View of soldiers from Fort Douglas milling about with a group of targets lined up in the background. With the outbreak of the Civil War troops along the overland route were relocated to the east. President Lincoln called for volunteers to protect the mail route and directed Colonel (Brevet Major General) Patrick E. Connor to establish a post near Salt Lake City. Colonel Connor was concerned about secessionist activities in the area and chose a location in the foothills that allowed him to keep an eye on the Mormons. The Post was originally called Camp Douglas, in honor of the recently deceased Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas who had been a champion of the West. Over the next fifty years, Fort Douglas provided trained soldiers for the Indian Wars on the Great Plains and Spanish-American War. However, it wasn't until World War I that the Fort experienced major expansion. During both World Wars, the Post served as a mobilization and training garrison, as well as a prisoner of war camp. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor during the Second World War, Fort Douglas also served as the headquarters for the Ninth Service Command, which was relocated from Presidio, San Francisco.