The Camp Atterbury Base near Edinburgh, Indiana is a prominent training base of the Indiana National Guard which was named after William Wallace Atterbury, the Pennsylvania Railroad executive who became ultimately the railroad’s president.

This camp was planned months before America’s entry into the World War II. Although this was originally surveyed and researched by the Hurd Company, the present site was proposed to the Congress in 1941.

Cost of Living: 88.3% less than average (U.S. average is 100)
Automated Telephone Attendant number: (812) 526-1499
Base Population: 2,919
City/area Population: 4,526

Child Development Centers: 4
Creative Child Development Center
Address: 4545 Independence Square, Indianapolis, IN 46203, United States
Phone: +1 317-781-0577

Cummins Child Development Center
Address: 650 Pleasant Grove, Columbus, IN 47201, United States
Phone: +1 812-378-5833

Discovery Child Development
Address: 1125 West Jefferson Street, Franklin, IN 46131, United States
Phone: +1 317-736-3361

Rainbow Child Care
Address: 8020 Nuckols Ln, Indianapolis, IN 46237, United States
Phone: +1 317-881-7800

Youth Programs:
Youth Club
Address: 722 Eisenhower Dr Edinburgh, IN 46124
Phone: (812) 526-3535 x 103

Before and After School Enrichment (B.A.S.E)
Address: 722 Eisenhower Dr Edinburgh, IN 46124
Phone: (812) 526-3535 x 101

Summer Baseball, Football, T-Ball Rec League
Address: 722 Eisenhower Dr Edinburgh, IN 46124
Phone: (812) 526-3535 x 103

Fall League Softball
Address: 722 Eisenhower Dr Edinburgh, IN 46124
Phone: (812) 526-3535 x 103

Airman and Family Readiness Center: 1
IRDO (Individual Readiness Deployment Operation Program)
Address: PO Box 77 Butlerville, IN 47223
Phone: (812) 458-8780

Employment: 47.26% (blue collar jobs)

Base Services:
Atterbury Job Corporation Center
Address: 3008 Old Hospital Rd, Edinburgh, IN 46124, United States
Phone: +1 812-314-6000

Indiana National Guard
Address: 2002 South Holt Road, Indianapolis, IN 46241, United States
Phone: 800-237-2850 or 317-247-3300

Edinburgh Correctional Facility
Address: 703 23rd St, Edinburgh, IN 46124, United States
Phone: +1 812-526-8434
Phone: +1 317-481-9000

Medical Services:
Maxim Healthcare Services
Address: 6505 East 82nd Street #200, Indianapolis, IN 46250, United States
Phone: (317) 849-8440

ATC Healthcare Services
Address: 574 Bridge Street, Mooresville, IN 46158, United States
Phone: +1 317-831-2300

ITS Emergency Medical Services
Address: 5647 Dividend Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46241, United States


Heart-stricken by the attack of Japan in Pearl Harbor, still, the entry of United States in the World War II have brought great changes to the lives of small group of Indiana farmers who were asked by the federal government to give up their farms and homes in the site of Mt. Pisgah where the center of Camp Atterbury will be constructed.

Shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack, on January 6, 1942, the Army from Washington announced that a training camp huge enough to house 30,000 men will be built in the site of Mt. Pisgah. The Army moved swiftly to begin the construction of the camp. It was noted that by April of 1942, there are more than 15,000 civilian workers were hired. The construction first commenced in the northern part of the purchased land from Johnson, Brown and Bartholomew counties that measure 43,000 acres. And throughout the spring of 1942, builders have faced great difficulties in the construction as it rained almost continuously.

Builders were able to construct more than 1,500 wood frame buildings that are enough to hold more than one army infantry division. The construction also contained 47 two-story concrete buildings, and two hospitals which are the Wakeman General and the Convalescent Hospital. The latter was considered to be the biggest hospital of its kind in America during the 1940s where it is known for its progressive plastic eye replacements.

The operations done in Camp Atterbury were then suspended after the end of World War II. It was only activated at the onset of the Korean War and suspended once again after the 31st Army Infantry Division left in 1954 for Camp Carson in Colorado. And in the later years it was given to the Indiana Army National Guard which is now a training facility up to this date.

Camp Atterbury gained importance after the September 11, 2001 attacks, where the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in February 2003 was activated. This has become the training grounds for thousands of regular and reserve forces that were deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as thousands of civilians from the Inter-Agency and the Department of Defense as part of the preparation in mobilizing support for a stabilized operation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.


From the previous 43,000 acres, the site was reduced to 30,000 acres where the remaining are leased to several infrastructures such as  the Atterbury Job Corps, the Hoosier Horse Park, the Johnson County Parks  Department and the US Department of Labor while there are still ongoing plans on reclaiming the area.

In 2005, the former Muscatatuck State Hospital grounds were gained. It is composed of some 3,000 acres permanent infrastructures that include the 5-storey building with underground passageways which is to be used as an urban training facility. In fact, the troops and civilian emergency management organizations are being transported from Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center to Muscatatuck Urban Training Center via air or ground as part of their training for urban warfare and operations that are nonrelated to war.


Housing in Camp Atterbury Army Base varies. The Atterbury Housing Office is responsible in providing service members, retirees, and other governmental agencies with hotel-style rooms that vary in size and occupancy. For soldiers, retired military and civilians, it is the Muscatatuck Housing Office that provides housing facilities with housekeeping. While there are pricing available for standard and VIP quarters.

For off-base housing, most of the military communities are situated nearby Columbus. Such communities are Taylorsville, Greenwood, Franklin, Bloomington, Cuba and Northcliff. Family homes are readily available to aforementioned areas, but the cheapest homes can be found close to Camp Atterbury.

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