Camp Hancock was a tent city to house troops

Walk around behind Augusta's Daniel Village shopping center and you'll see a tree-shaded residential neighborhood. But almost a century ago, things looked different. During the first World War, a street of tents called Pennsylvania Avenue ran from what is now Buena Vista Road west to the Augusta State University sports complex. It was part of the Army's Camp Hancock, a military facility built on Augusta's western outskirts.

Camp Hancock was a tent city supplemented by 1,319 temporary buildings consisting of mess halls, showers, latrines, stables, garages, storehouses, infirmaries, administration buildings and barracks. The campsite proper measured 1,777 acres, while the entire tract was 13,811 acres, according to The Augusta Chronicle's archives.

Wrightsboro Road and Wheeless Road (now Highland Avenue) ran through the camp, which featured nine miles of clay and sand roads. Water and electricity lines were installed.

In its final configuration, Camp Hancock could accommodate 45,099 troops. The highest number of soldiers in camp in any one month was 35,148 in October 1918. The lowest number was 11,824 in May 1918, when the 28th Division went overseas.

About the series

The Augusta Chronicle looks at historic monuments around the city and compares what they were with what they have become.

TODAY: Camp Hancock

TUESDAY: St. Paul's Church

WEDNESDAY: 700 Block of Broad Street

THURSDAY: Broad Street stores and monuments

FRIDAY: Academy of Richmond County

SATURDAY: Meadowgarden

SUNDAY: Augusta Arsenal