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The story of Drum Barracks.
Drum Barracks is located in
Wilmington, California and is the last remaining Civil War military facility in
the Los Angeles area even though throughout history it has had many faces.
In the beginning, this area was known as Camp Drum,
named after Lt. Colonel Richard Coulter Drum. It was the Union Army headquarters
in the Southwest during 1861 through 1871. During 1861 until 1865, it was used
for Civil Wary operations.
The barracks was completely built by 1863 and
encompassed 60 acres with 22 buildings. From this camp, the troops protected
most of the southwestern United States including California, and what is now
Arizona and New Mexico for the Union. During the time when troops were at watch,
most of this area was territories and Indians, bandits, and Mexicans were some
of the major problems not to mention the Rebel soldiers during the Civil War.
The camp closed in 1871, but did remain in
operation as a hospital for the next two years. Where the museum building is
today, during 1890 was the high school of the Wilmington Township. After this,
the building was sold to Thomas F. Keavany. He used the building as a private
home and a boarding home.
In 1962, the building was scheduled to be torn
down; however, with the help of the citizens of Wilmington wishing to preserve
their history the building was saved. Restoration began and in 1987, it was
opened to the public as a museum.
Not only does the history live on, but many strange
occurrences and ghosts remain as well.
Many of the museum staff members have reported smelling pipe smoke, hearing
strange noises, hearing chains being dragged, and footsteps throughout the
entire museum. If that is not enough to scare you away them maybe seeing the
apparitions of a man, woman, and children will be.
The model room is where many people guests and
staff alike have encountered the smell of tobacco, the smell of lavender and
violet perfume, heard items being moved around and footsteps approaching them
Enjoy your tour of the Drum Barracks museum, but
keep watch over your shoulder.
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