World War I

Camp Lewis

American Lake, Washington

Camp Lewis was established in July 1917 as the training camp for the 91st “Wild West” Infantry Division of the National Army, which was comprised of inducted men from at least fourteen states, the greatest contributors of which were California, Washington, and Montana. The 91st occupied the camp from August 1917 – June 1918 when it mobilized for Europe.

It was designated as a demobilization camp in December 1918, and was retained as a permanent post after the war. It was renamed Fort Lewis in 1927; and today is known as Joint Base Lewis-McChord, home of the I Corps and the 62nd Airlift Wing.

World War I

  • A panoramic view of Camp Lewis, American Lake, Washington.
  • "Young Women's Christian Association, Hostess' House, Camp Lewis"


Map of Camp Lewis (1917) – Washington State University

Map of Camp Lewis (1918) – Washington State University

The 91st – The First at Camp Lewis – World War I Book

Camp Lewis – U. S. Army Center of Military History

Joint Base Lewis-McChord – U.S. Army