Frisco Trailways buses photo in the Archives photo...

Discussion in 'Operations' started by TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020), May 29, 2015.

  1. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Supporter

    In the archive photo and ad for Frisco Trailways, the caption mentions that Ft. Leonard Wood was "re-activated."?? Does anyone know, was the fort closed for a time after WW II? BTW, those little buses were very neat!

    Thanks, Tom G.
  2. Brad Slone

    Brad Slone Member Supporter


    Yes, Fort Wood was closed shortly after the Korean War and remained closed for several years. During that time large cattle companies one from Oklahoma leased the acreage and free ranged cattle on it. There are stories floating around from years ago that every now and then back in the day a stray would be spotted out in the woods or on a range that was a decedent of those herds. Hard to believe looking at the place now that there use to be cattle running all over it.

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  3. Phred

    Phred Member

    This doesn't fit with the date of the ad. The Korean War was from 1950 to 1953 and the ad was dated 1951. Could the fort have been closed after WWII and reopened prior to the Korean war? This matches the date and text of the ad.
  4. Brad Slone

    Brad Slone Member Supporter

    My mind is not what it use to be. Let me check my records for a more exact time period.

  5. Brad Slone

    Brad Slone Member Supporter

    I was off on my time frame. The period of time that the Fort was closed was from May 1948 to August 1950. The Jarboe Commission Company of Tulsa Oklahoma held the lease. During this period cattle were loaded out on the railroad from pens built around the rail yard on base.

  6. Phred

    Phred Member

    That make more sense. It was probably reopened to get the new draftees for the Korean War through boot camp.

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