Black and white photograph of tents and "hutments" at Camp Ripley, 1965.

Conversion of tents to "hutments" at Camp Ripley

This image, taken in 1965, illustrates the replacement of tents with aluminum “hutments” (soldiers referred to them as tin huts) in the 1960s. The conversion took five years.

Black and white photograph of Governor Orville Freeman inspecting his troops at Camp Ripley, 1955.

Governor Orville Freeman inspecting troops at Camp Ripley

As Commander-in-Chief of the Minnesota National Guard, Governor Orville Freeman inspects his troops during a review and parade, July 1955. In the 1950s and 1960s, such parades were open to the public and typically held on Sunday afternoon of the middle weekend of a two-week annual training period.

Black and white photograph of after-hours relaxation in Camp Ripley’s Enlisted Service Club, 1958.

After-hours relaxation in Camp Ripley’s Enlisted Service Club

After-hours relaxation in Camp Ripley’s Enlisted Service Club, 1958.

Black and white photograph of former president Harry Truman speaks to guests in Nelson Hall, the post’s headquarters, in July 1953

Former president Harry Truman speaking at Camp Ripley

Former president Harry Truman speaks to guests in Nelson Hall, the post’s headquarters, in July 1953 while visiting troops from the Missouri National Guard training at Camp Ripley. This was Truman’s second visit: he trained here himself in 1932 as a staff officer with the Missouri National Guard.

Black and white photograph of a Tent city at Camp Ripley ca. 1950.

A tent city at Camp Ripley

Tent city, ca. 1950. In the early years, everyone slept under canvas.

Black and white photograph of soldiers of the newly formed 215th Coast Artillery Regiment at Camp Ripley, 1940.

Soldiers of the 215th Coast Artillery Regiment at Camp Ripley

Soldiers of the newly formed 215th Coast Artillery Regiment, Minnesota National Guard, are introduced to the 90mm M-1 anti-aircraft gun during intensified training at Camp Ripley in the summer of 1940.

Black and white photograph of Moe Jones and Einar Lund of Stillwater’s Howitzer Company, 135th Infantry, during a field inspection at Camp Ripley, 1935.

Moe Jones and Einar Lund during a field inspection at Camp Ripley

Moe Jones and Einar Lund of Stillwater’s Howitzer Company, 135th Infantry, during a field inspection at Camp Ripley, 1935.

Black and white photograph of Camp Ripley’s first armory, located just inside the main gate, was completed in 1937.

Camp Ripley’s first armory

Camp Ripley’s first armory, located just inside the main gate, was completed in 1937. A new armory, adjoining a new post headquarters, was opened in 1980.

Black and white photograph of aircraft hanger at Camp Ripley, 1939.

Aircraft hanger at Camp Ripley

The aircraft hanger, shown here in a 1939 photo, was built in 1932 and served as home for the 109th Observation Squadron when it trained at Camp Ripley. In the forefront are two Douglas O-38 biplanes; a North American O-47 monoplane peeks out from the hanger.

Black and white photograph of guardsmen arriving by train for annual field training at Camp Ripley in 1938.

Guardsmen arrive by train for training at Camp Ripley

Guardsmen arrive by train for annual field training at Camp Ripley in 1938.

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