History Pub - “Camp Abbot: Training for War on the High Desert”, presented by Tor Hanson
Tuesday, May 29
Today Sunriver is an idyllic community in Central Oregon, but during World War II, it was the site of Camp
Abbot, the western-most engineer replacement training center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Under the
leadership of Col. Frank Besson, the U.S. Army trained 90,000 men at the camp, from 1943 through 1944.
There, amongst pine trees and sagebrush, soldiers endured sub-freezing winters and hundred-degree
Local historian Tor Hanson has lived in Bend, Oregon for more than 25 years. He is a board member of the
Deschutes County Historical Society and editor of its monthly newsletter, The Homesteader. Event is free but
reservations are requested and available by visiting www.deschuteshistory.org. McMenamin’s is located at 700
NW Bond Street in Bend.