Ft. Detrick Maryland, Past, Present and Future
By Valyrie Ellis
Ft. Detrick, located in the historic civil war town of Frederick Maryland in the heart of Frederick County, is encircled by today's Shookstown Rd. and Opposumtown Pike. Established in 1929 as Camp Detrick after Detrick field, the post today spans almost 1300 acres. "Camp" Detrick was designated a permanent installation for peacetime biological research and development shortly after World War II, but that status was not solidified until 1956, when it became Fort Detrick. Ft. Detrick has been an important part of the Frederick community for 53 years and contributes greatly to the economy and personality of the area. As the largest employer in Frederick county, Ft. Detrick plays a leading role in the world of biomedical and communications technology. It's primary focus has been as an Army ...