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J08UT300300 CAMP WILLIAMS 25 OCTOBER 2004 PROPERTY NAME: CAMP WILLIAMS; Camp Williams Military Reservation; Jordan Narrows Camp; Jordan Narrows Militia Target Range. LOCATION: The Camp Williams Utah National Guard Reservation is located 26 miles south of Salt Lake City in both Salt Lake County and Utah County, Utah along the Traverse Mountains. The portion of Camp Williams covered by this survey occupies 160 acres of Section 7 within Township 5 South, Range 2 West, Salt Lake Meridian, Utah, in Utah County. Coordinates at the approximate center of the property are N 40" 23' 46.7" latitude, W 112" 06' 13.2" longitude. The Camp Williams property is in the 3rd Congressional District of Utah, and in Region VIII of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. PROPERTY HISTORY: By Executive Order No. 1922 dated 24 April 1914, the federal government withdrew and reserved approximately 18,700 acres of public domain lands for use of the National Guard of Utah and for joint exercises with the U.S. military. By Executive Order No. 2167 dated 13 April 1915, 160 acres of this withdrawn federal land were returned to the Department of Interior and the public domain; all other property acquired for the Camp Williams Military Reservation is still part of the active Utah National Guard training facility. According to records, there were problems obtaining the 160 acres for the Camp Williams Military Reservation, as they were irrigated lands used by Mr. Joseph Earl Smith. After the property was returned to the public domain, it was granted to Mr. Smith under the Homestead Act of 1862 and Patent 636238 dated 17 June 1918. The property consists of the southwest quarter of the northeast quarter, the north half of the southeast quarter, and the northeast quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 7 in Township 5 South, Range 2 West. No records were located documenting that the property was ever used by the DOD; however, it was under the jurisdiction of the War Department. PROPERTY VISIT: Kyle Cook of Science Applications International Corporation visited the property on 6 October 2004. The 160-acre property is located approximately 10 miles west-southwest of the Camp Williams garrison area along West Canyon and its drainage south of the reservation boundary. The property is currently owned by Mr. Steven Smith, and has been farmed by his family since it was homesteaded in 1918. According to Mr. Smith's uncle, Grant Smith, there is not much left at the original homestead residence on the property other than a few artifacts. He thought that farming began on the property between 1913 and 1915, and did not remember any military activity at Camp Williams prior to World War I in 1917, after DOD disposed the property. Approximately half of the property is used for agriculture (safflower crop) and the rest is undeveloped lightly forested land. The site of the original
homesteader's residence was located in an island of trees in the southeast part of the property. Juniper trees had been cleared for cultivation of the land and for growing crops. There was widespread evidence of cattle grazing in the undeveloped areas surrounding the crops. Areas adjacent to the property are also used for farming or are undeveloped. Based on the condition of the property, there was no indication that the DOD had used the site. No structures or facilities known to be of DOD origin were identified on the property. No overt evidence of hazardous or toxic waste, waste ordnance, underground storage tanks, or hazardous building debris as a result of DOD use of the site was observed.
CATEGORY OF HAZARD (8): None. PROJECT DESCRIPTION (8): None. AVAILABLE STUDIES AND REPORTS: None. DISTRICT POC: Gerald E. Vincent, FUDS Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, (916) 5 5 7 - 7 4 5 2 . LEAD REGULATOR POC: Ty Howard, Manager, CERCLA Federal Facilities, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, (801) 536-4100.
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INlERNATtONAL CORPORATION 01-044001-3778
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DEFENSE ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION PROGRAM FORMERLY USED DEFENSE SITES FINDINGS AND DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY
CAMP WILLIAMS LEHI, UTAH SITE NO. J08UT300300
FINDINGS OF FACT
1. The federal government withdrew and reserved approximately 18,700 acres of public domain lands for a military reservation by Executive Order No. 1922 dated 24 April 1914. Under the jurisdiction of the War Department, this property was to be used by the National Guard of Utah as a target range and for joint exercises with the U.S. military. 2. The Utah National Guard began training on the military reservation as early as 1913 at the permanent encampment known as Jordan Narrows. Annual summer training camps began in 1926. Beginning in 1927, facilities were constructed to support the training of Utah (Army) National Guard units, and the military reservation was named Camp Williams in 1928. During World War 11, the camp became a sub-post of Fort Douglas for training of Army troops while National Guard units were away at war. Operational control of the facility was returned to the Utah National Guard in 1944, and training has continued at the camp to the present time. Prior to use by the Army, the Camp Williams Military Reservation consisted mostly of undeveloped grazing and forestland.
3. On 13 April 1915, 160 acres of the withdrawn and reserved federal land were returned to the public domain by Executive Order No. 2167. Although this disposed 160-acre property was under War Department jurisdiction, there is no documentation or physical evidence that it was used by the Army during the short period it was set aside as part of the military reservation or that any improvements were constructed on it. DETERMINATION
Based on the foregoing Findings of Fact, 160 acres of Camp Williams has been determined to have been under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Defense and owned by, leased to, or otherwise possessed by the United States prior to 17 October 1986. The property is therefore eligible for inclusion into the Defense Environmental Restoration Program - Formerly Used Defense Sites, established under 10 USC 2701 et seq.
JOSEPH SCHROEDEL BG, USA Commanding
Photograph Log for Camp Williams
Site Number J08UT300300
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Photo No. 2 -Safflower crop hawesting machine and Camp Williams military escorts. Camp Williamr
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Photo No. 3 -View south of earthen detention berm, and site in the background.
( Photo No. 4 -View south of safflower crop near northern part of the site.
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Photo No. 5 -View west of safflower crop and mountains near northern part of the site.
>hot~ 6 -View west of safflower crop and forest along southern boundary of the site. No.
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Photo No. 7 -View north from southern boundary of the site of safflower crop and earthen detention berm.
Photo No. 8 -View northeast from southern boundary of the site towards Camp Williams Military Reservation,and former homestead site in the foreground.
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'hot0 No. 9 -Close-up view north from southern site boundaryof former homestead site and remnants of corral.
'hot0 No. 10 Overview of the site and safflower crop harvestingfrom the Camp Williams Military Reservation. View iouthwest.
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CAMP WILLIAMS DERP-FUDS SITE INSPECTION DATE: TO: FROM: SUBJECT:
15 October 2004 File Kyle Cook DERP-FUDS Inventory Project Report Site Inspection J08UT300300 Camp Williams SAIC Project No. 0 1-0440-0 1-4440 GSA Task ID 674-V40066; Contract No. GS- 10F-0076J
REFERENCE: DATE OF INSPECTION: INSPECTED BY:
6 October 2004 Kyle Cook of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
SITE LOCATION: The Camp Williams Utah National Guard Reservation is located 26 miles south of Salt Lake City in both Salt Lake County and Utah County, Utah along the Traverse Mountains. The Camp Williams Reservation can be accessed by heading west off Exit 291 from Interstate 15, onto Federal Highway 50 for approximately 1 mile to Redwood Road (Highway 68), then heading south about 5 miles to the entrance gate. The portion of Camp Williams covered by this site inspection occupies 160 acres of Section 7 within Township 5 South, Range 2 West, Salt Lake Meridian, Utah. Coordinates at the approximate center of the site are N 40' 23' 46.7" latitude, W 112" 06' 13.2" longitude. The 160-acre Camp Williams property is in Utah County, in the 3rd Congressional District of Utah, and in Region VIII of the U S . Environmental Protection Agency. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: By Executive Order No. 1922 dated 24 April
1914, the federal government withdrew and reserved approximately 18,700 acres of public domain lands to establish a military reservation for the use of the National Guard of Utah and for joint exercises with the U.S. military. By Executive Order No. 2 167 dated 13 April 19 15, 160 acres of this withdrawn federal land were returned to the Department of Interior and the public domain. The State of Utah purchased 153 acres of land in 1927 and 199 acres of land in 193 1 within the reservation boundary to be used for the garrison area of Camp Williams. Beginning in 1927, facilities were constructed to support the training of Utah National Guard units. The installation was named Camp Williams in 1928. On 27 February 1929, the War Department granted a license to the State of Utah,
covering about 6,140 acres of the eastern half of the area described in the Executive Orders, to use and occupy for the purpose of training the Utah National Guard. The War Department had acquired the use of 2,360 acres of public domain land and purchased 2,288 acres of privately owned land within the reservation boundary by 12 January 1942. During World War I1 (WW 11), Camp Williams became a sub-post of Fort Douglas and was used for training of Army troops while National Guard units were away at war. The facility was returned to the Utah National Guard in 1944, and training has continued at the camp to the present time. Facilities and operations at Camp Williams include training ranges, small arms and artillery firing ranges, mortar and hand grenade ranges, a demolition range, a heliport, combat landing strip, Basic Airborne facility, warehouses and maintenance facilities, and the Army Garrison area. The "Camp W.G. Williams Land Exchange Act of 1989" was enacted in order to effect the exchange of federal lands outside the defined boundary of Camp Williams, that were originally withdrawn by Executive Order, for private lands still existing within the Camp Williams boundary. The goal of this exchange was to create uniform and complete lands under the Department of the Army within the camp boundary to facilitate use of the property by the Utah National Guard. This Congressional Act also revoked Executive Order 1922 of 24 April 1914 only for lands outside of the camp boundaries. These outlying lands were to be returned to the public domain after certification by the Army that they were safe. Subsequently, the process of land exchange has been ongoing since 1989. This has resulted in the "disposal" of federal (DOD) property outside of the defined camp boundary. The federal property to be disposed and other public and private properties involved in ongoing land exchanges are depicted in a map dated 23 January 1989, provided by the Utah National Guard Military Department in Draper, Utah (see Real Estate Information). The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah State Office in Salt Lake City, Utah was requested on 18 July 2000 to perform a "property boundary survey" for Camp Williams, Utah. This survey was performed by the BLM based on the Camp Williams real estate land exchange map and deed research in Salt Lake and Utah Counties. The current property boundary for Camp Williams was determined using this BLM property boundary survey and is shown on a plot in Real Estate Information. This updated boundary survey will be used to guide placement of a new and complete boundary fence to limit public access to the military camp. The BLM property review also revealed that the last survey of the Camp Williams area was inaccurate, which has now created legal ramifications for lots in Section 27, 33, and 34 of Township 4 South, Range 1 West. The lots in question have clouded titles that have not yet been resolved. This land was originally intended to be part of the lands withdrawn by Executive Order No. 1922 for government use and has been considered federal land. However, the land in question may be declared private land, requiring disposal by the federal government. According to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) review of available documentation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Utah National Guard, and the BLM (Utah), only 160 acres of property acquired and controlled by the DOD for Camp Williams, since land was withdrawn by Executive Order in 1914, was disposed prior to
1986. All other land exchanges and disposals occurred beginning in 1989. As the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) of Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) Program applies only to property acquired, used, and disposed prior to 17 October 1986, only these 160 acres of the Camp Williams Reservation are eligible under the DERPFUDS program. All other property acquired for Camp Williams is still part of the active Utah National Guard training facility. There were problems obtaining the 160 acres for the Camp Williams Military Reservation in 1914, as they were irrigated farm lands used by Mr. Joseph Earl Smith. After the 160-acre property was returned to the public domain by Executive Order No. 2167, it was granted to Mr. Smith under the Homestead Act of 1862 and Patent 636238 dated 17 June 1918. The property consists of the southwest quarter of the northeast quarter, the north half of the southeast quarter, and the northeast quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 7 in Township 5 South, Range 2 West. No records were located documenting that this 160-acre property was ever used by the DOD.
SITE INSPECTION: The 160-acre property was inspected by all-terrain vehicle and by
foot in an effort to determine its boundaries and to identify any hazards of DOD origin. The property is located approximately 10 miles west-southwest of the Camp Williams garrison area along West Canyon and its drainage south of the reservation boundary. The present site owner, Mr. Steven Smith, was contacted by telephone to obtain permission to access the property. Mr. Smith said the property has been in his family for years and used for farming, but he did not know much about its use during the period when it was temporarily withdrawn for military purposes. He now raises safflower plants and was harvesting them the day of the inspection. Grant Smith, Steven Smith's uncle, was contacted by telephone about the site history. He said there is not much left of the original homestead, other than a few artifacts. He thought the homesteading and farming of the site began between 1913 and 1915. He did not remember any military activity at Camp Williams prior to World War I in 1917, which was after the site was disposed by DOD. However, Mr. Smith did recall that two 155 mm artillery shells were accidentally fired onto the property from Camp Williams around 1960 to 1963. One of the shells was located and was exploded by military authorities. The other shell was not found. Approximately half of the 160-acre property is used for agriculture (safflower plants) and the rest is undeveloped, lightly forested land at the base of the Oquirrh Mountains. The original homesteader's residence was located in an island of trees in the southeast part of the property. Remnants of a corral were observed at this location. The inspection covered parts of the perimeter of the property. It was not possible to go into the agricultural areas due to the safflower crop, and western areas of the property were also difficult to access. Juniper trees had been cleared for cultivation of the land and growing crops. There was widespread evidence of cattle grazing in the undeveloped areas surrounding the crops. There was no indication that the DOD had used the site and no evidence of former DOD presence on the site. Property adjacent to the site is also used for farming or is undeveloped.
No structures or facilities known to be of DOD origin were identified on the property. No overt evidence of hazardous or toxic waste, waste ordnance, underground storage tanks, or hazardous building debris as a result of DOD use of the site was observed.
1. U S . Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, 1325 J Street, Sacramento, California, Jerry Vincent, FUDS Program Manager, (916) 557-7452. No records concerning Camp Williams were available. 2. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, 1325 J Street, Sacramento, California, Ed Aguirre, Realty Specialist, (916) 557-6875. Mr. Aguirre provided a copy of a map titled "Real Estate, Camp Williams" originally dated 19 September 1951 and revised in 1997. 3. Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Division of Environmental Response and Remediation, 168 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City, Utah, Rick Ombach, Environmental Scientist, (801) 536-4164. Mr. Ombach stated that Camp Williams is an active Utah National Guard site, but he did not have documentation of property ownership for this site. The environmental site map available on the DEQ web site at http://www.dea.state.ut.us/references/maps/maps.htm was reviewed, and there were no listings for underground storage tanks (USTs), National Priorities List NPL, Brownfields or other sites of environmental concern in the vicinity of the 160-acre Camp Williams site. 4. Office of the Chief of Engineers, Owned, Sponsored and Leased Futilities, dated 31 December 1945, Section 11, Command Facilities, Part 10 - Ground & Service Forces Miscellaneous, Page 2 17. Camp Williams is listed in this document. 5. Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office, 324 South State, Salt Lake City, Utah 84 1 1 1. Ross Workman, Land Surveyor, 801-539-4 155, and David Cook, Land Surveyor, 801-539-4 137. This office provided information on the recent survey of the boundary of Camp Williams and the history of property acquisition and disposal.
6. Utah National Guard, Military Department, 12953 South Minuteman Drive, Draper, Utah 84020. Ray Duda, Mechanical Engineer, 80 1-523-4233. Mr. Duda provided an overview of recent property transfers at Camp Williams, including records and a figure titled "Camp W.G. Williams Real Estate" dated 20 August 1990. Mr. Duda could not locate any records of DOD use of the 160-acre site in question.
7. Utah National Guard, Camp Williams, Lt. Col. Rick West, 801-253-5404, and Lt. Vince Wolff, Facility Manager, 801-253-5428. Provided additional records of property transfers at Camp Williams, original set-asides for the camp, maps and property owners, BLM boundary survey correspondence, and a "Camp Williams Military Installation
Map" showing the current property boundary based on a recent boundary survey by the BLM. Lt. Wolff assisted with the site inspection. 8. Utah State Historical Society, 300 Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, 801-5333536. Provided photographs of an early camp at the Camp Williams Reservation at Jordan Narrows.
9. University of Utah, Marriott Library, Special Collections, Salt Lake City, Utah. Walter Jones, Asst. Director, 801-581-8863. The library provided a "Camp Williams Special" topographical map revised 1997, showing the property boundary. Also provided records on the general history and facilities of Camp Williams.
10. Utah National Guard Web Site provided general background and operational information for the Camp Williams site. http://www.globalsecuritv.org/milit~-wi11iams.htm. 11. Utah State Archives, 346 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, Utah. (801) 531-3848. The Archives provided historical records of the Utah National Guard, including correspondence, reports, photographs, and a history of the Utah National Guard. 12. State of Utah, Fort Douglas Military Museum, Utah National Guard, 32 Potter Street, Fort Douglas, Utah. Mr. Robert Voyles, Director, (801) 58 1- 17 10. Mr. Voyles provided personal contacts pertaining to the Camp Williams site history. 13. Utah County Recorder, 100 East Center Street, Provo, Utah, (801) 851-8179. The Recorder's office provided property title and plat map records for the Camp Williams site history. 14. Utah National Guard, Military Department, 12953 South Minuteman Drive, Draper, Utah 84020. Ms. Annette Barnes, Historian, 801-523-4153. Ms. Barnes was formerly stationed at Camp Williams, where she developed a history of the camp. She was not able to provide information about the early years of use of the military reservation property. 15. Steven G. Smith, 9200 West 8570 North, Lehi, Utah, (801) 768-8388. Mr. Smith is the current owner of the former Camp Williams 160-acre site. He provided access to the site and pointed out the location of the former homestead residence of Joseph Earl Smith. 16. Grant Smith, (801) 768-3218. Grant Smith is the son of Joseph Earl Smith, the original homesteader on the site. He said there is not much left of the original homestead, other than a few artifacts. He thought that the homesteading began between 1913 and 1915. He did not remember any military activity at Camp Williams prior to World War I in 1917, after the site was disposed by DOD. Mr. Smith did recall that two 155 mm artillery shells were accidentally fired onto the property from Camp Williams around 1960 to 1963. One of the shells was located and was exploded by authorities. The other shell was not found.
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