Fort Gillem…All Things Must Pass
Posted by brandebradford on April 3, 2007
On March 27, 2007, I had the pleasure of visiting Ft. Gillem. Being ex-miliatry, it brought back a lot of memories for me. I was on base to watch as my daughter was sworn in into the Army. She will be shipping out on April 18th. All the talk about closing Ft. Gillem brings sadness to me, as it seems to be such a big part of the community. Maybe something in the future will change. If not, I wonder what will happen there.
Fort Gillem is located within corporate limits of the City of Forest Park, Georgia.
In 1941 the Atlanta General Deport moved its Candler Warehouse to what is now known as Fort Gillem. Over the years, Fort Gillem has operated under several names including the Atlanta Army Depot and the Atlanta General Depot. Many old-time local residents refer to Fort Gillem as the Conley Depot.
Fort Gillem is now named in memory of Lieutenant General Alvan C. Gillem, Jr. who served 40 years in the U.S. Army. In 1910, he began his career as a private at Fort McPherson and retired as commanding general of the Third U.S. Army, 40 years later.
The main entrance to Fort Gillem is on U.S. Highway 42, just off of Interstate 675. It’s rear entrance in on Jonesboro Road (State Highway 54) in Forest Park.
Fort Gillem is operated as a satellite installation of Headquarters, U.S. Army Garrison at Fort McPherson, in East Point, Georgia.
For almost half a century Fort Gillem has had a significant positive economic impact on the City of Forest Park and Clayton County as a whole. In the 1990′s, the Fort Gillem was faced with closure. The City of Forest Park, surrounding cities, Clayton Count and the State of Georgia all fought to keep the base open… and succeeded. However, in the most recent round of base closures, the battle was lost and Fort Gillem, along with Fort McPherson in East Point are slated for closure.
Clayton County and the City of Forest Park have established a committee to present proposals for the redevelopment of Fort Gillem in order to continue or even enhance its positive impact on the local economy.