|Fort Ord Army base in 1948 (USGS)|
|Camp Gigling cavalry unit, 1917. (EastGarrison.com)|
|Bivouacking cavalry soldiers preparing for a day of training at Camp Gigling, 1917.|
(Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Research Library)
|Gigling Artillery training, 1917 (Calisphere)|
|The Gigling/Ord Loop track with a passenger train turning around, March 13, 1949. (Wilbur C. Whittaker)|
|Basic training at Fort Ord during the Vietnam War.|
(San Luis Obispo's The Tribune)
Official Railroad Information:
|A train on Gigling loop, March 13, 1949. (Wilbur C. Whittaker)|
Geo-Coordinates & Access Rights:
The site of Gigling loop is currently blocked to public access but the switch can be viewed from the Monterey Bay Rail Trail. Similarly, fortunately, a branch of the rail trail passes directly beside the old soldier-loading station at the base itself, with the siding and spurs appearing near the southern end until the trail overtakes the tracks. The long siding beside the base still can be seen, as well, both from the trail and from Google Maps' satellite view.
Citations & Credits:
- "Historic California Posts: Ford Ord (Camp Gigling, Camp Ord, Camp Clayton)", The California Military Museum.
- "History of Fort Ord", US Department of the Interior: Bureau of Land Management.
- Raugh, Harold E. Images of America: Fort Ord (Arcadia, 2012).