The site for Camp Ripley was first approved following World War I in 1929. The site was officially named Camp Ripley in December 1930.
It was named after Fort Ripley, a frontier fort that had been closed by the Federal Government in 1877. The fort was named for Brigadier General Eleazar Wheelock Ripley, a hero of the War of 1812. The remains of Fort Ripley are contained within the camp's property boundaries. The first soldiers that came to train at Camp Ripley stayed in tents, thus, training was only possible in the summer months. The government started to see that it was not beneficial to use tents year round while training, so they constructed buildings.
There are now many historic buildings at Camp Ripley. An example is Valhalla, the governor's lodge. Truman stayed there twice, as did Senator Eugene McCarthy. When the lodge is not being used by the governor, it is used for other VIP guests.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Home Front". The seller is "shcar_4451" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.