“Remember the legendary general”
The General Patton Memorial Museum is a military history museum with exhibits ranging from World War I through the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Established in 1988 to honor the memory of General George Patton, the museum is located at the heart of the Desert Training Center from World War II. Established by General Patton in 1942 to train American troops in desert warfare in preparation for the invasion of North Africa, it became the largest army training facility in the United States. During the course of the war the Desert Training Center trained 60 divisions and more than one million soldiers. The museum is located at Chiriaco Summit, close to Camp Young, which was General Patton’s headquarters. Joe Chiriaco, the son of an Italian immigrant, established the store and gas station there with his small family in the 1930s. Having surveyed the entire area for the aqueduct system a few years earlier, Patton called upon Joe to show him the area, which led Patton to finalize his decision to base the training center there.
Pulled into this spot found ,,, free dry camping spots, clean family owned restaurant , gas station, and great history ! Huge tanks, and Leonardo di Vinci replicas artillery !
Great place to stop and see some American/world military history.
Stopped again just had too!! If you do stop please take note of the wooden replicas by the museum! Those are copies of Leonardo da Vinci renderings of his artillery, I added some pics!! Can’t wait to share with my art students at Doodlebug Club homeschoolers
Amazing place to stop.. stretch your legs, learn about our military and educate children. Our 6 and 3 year old loved this stop.
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General Patton Memorial Museum
- Sun - Sat: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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