Located in Austin, Texas on more than 800 acres, Camp Mabry is home to the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard and the Texas State Guard. In 1996, Camp Mabry was registered as an official national historic site and is the third oldest active military base in Texas.
History & Information
General Address: 2200 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703
Main Gate: Maintenance Dr, Austin, TX 78703; (512) 782-5004
Established in 1892, Camp Mabry was named after Texas native Brigadier General Woodford H. Mabry. Mabry gathered donations for the purchase of lands that would become Camp Mabry--a committee came together and voted on naming the installation after the General for his efforts in raising funds for the base. In 1898, Mabry died at Camp Columbia near Havana, Cuba of malaria.
During the Spanish-American War, Camp Mabry was used to support mobilization for U.S. troops and in 1953, the base was also a training site for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Rangers. Camp Mabry's main purpose during World War I was to train forces and rebuild engines for various machines. Additionally, Camp Mabry acted as the headquarters for the Texas Defense Guard during World War II. During Camp Mabry's 100th anniversary celebration in 1992, a soft opening was held for the Texas Military Forces Museum which would be completed later that same year.
In 1915, an arsenal building was constructed on base and munitions were moved from the state Capitol to the arsenal storehouse. In addition to housing the Joint Force Headquarters of the Texas Military Forces among other organizations, Camp Mabry is also home to the 36th Infantry Division, the 136th Regional Training Institute and the Texas National Guard Academy.
Housing & Lodging
There is no on site lodging at Camp Mabry, but there are tons of hotels within minutes of the base including:
- Hotel Ella, (512) 495-1800
- Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol, (512) 499-8881
- Motel 6 Austin Central-South, (512) 467-9111
- DoubleTree by Hilton Austin, (512) 454-3737
Schools within 5 miles of Camp Mabry include:
- St. Austin Catholic School (PreK-8), (512) 477-3751
- Bryker Woods Elementary School (PreK-6), (512) 414-2054
- Pease Elementary School (PreK-6), (512) 414-4428
- Hill Country Middle School (6-8), (512) 732-9220
- Kealing Middle School (6-8), (512) 414-3214
- Austin High School (9-12), (512) 414-2505
- Westlake High School (9-12), (512) 732-9280
The Public Employees Credit Union (PECU) is less than 10 minutes away from Camp Mabry and offers various services. You can reach PECU at (512) 474-1955.
Things To Do & Places To See
You can visit the Texas State Capitol (512) 463-4630, a national historic landmark, featuring a museum, governor's mansion, visitors center and state cemetery.
The Mexic-Arte Museum (512) 480-9373 offers up exhibitions that showcase the art and culture of Texas and Mexico's shared history.
The Contemporary Austin (512) 453-5312 is a community art museum.
The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library (512) 721-0200 is a museum and library located at the University of Texas at Austin.
Morale, Welfare & Recreation
Camp Mabry doesn't have a formal MWR building, but they do have a track featuring vintage planes on display, a grandstand, a park fitness area, a picnic area, a fishing pond and a plant garden. There are also water fountains, outdoor showers and bathrooms on site.
These facilities are available for public use and are open from 5a-11p daily but it's important to note that certain areas of Camp Mabry's recreation grounds require permission for usage from the Garrison Command.
If you're unable to access the link above or any subsequent links on the Texas Military Department site, you can email [email protected].