Fort Benjamin Harrison

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Geographical Address

State
Duty Station (or best approximation)
Public Address
8899, East 56th Street, Indianapolis, Lawrence, Marion, Indiana, 46226, United States
Postal Code
46226
latitude
39.86
longitude
-86.02

Contact Info

COMM
317-591-0904 l 406-324-3000
Operating Hours
7am-3pm, M-F

 

Fort Benjamin Harrison was a U.S. Army post located in suburban Lawrence, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis. It is named for the 23rd United States PresidentBenjamin Harrison. The land was purchased in 1903, with the post being officially named for President Harrison in honor of Indianapolis being his hometown. In 1901, former President Benjamin Harrison's son Russell through lobbying efforts sold a nearby U.S. Arsenal where the U.S. Army used the money to buy land where the fort is located today.[1]

Fort Benjamin Harrison saw its highest level of activity during World War I and World War II. The Fort Benjamin Harrison Reception Center opened in 1941 and was the largest reception center in the United States by 1943

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