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  1. #1
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    Military Trade Token Help

    I found this token at a site dating to around 1880. This is a 1cent token from Fort DA Russell, which I believe is an American Military Installation in Wyoming established in 1887. In 1930, the "Fort Russell" name switched over to a different Installation in Marfa Texas. I can not seem to find much on 1 cent trade tokens and am hoping it is pre-1900. As most tokens seem to have face values of 5, 10, 25 or even 50 cents.

    If it does date to the original Fort Russell that would be great. It was the home to three Black regiments; the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th Infantry (the famous Buffalo Soldiers) for much of the late 19th century

    Does anyone have the Standard Catalog of US Tokens? I wondered if that lists Military Trade Tokens. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Re: Military Trade Token Help

    Bowker & Lee's WY Trade Tokens book lists this as R-7 (on a scale of 1-10, with 7 being 7-12 known at the time the book was published, 1999). It says the Post Exchange tokens were used "circa mid-1890s - 1930". There are 2 and 4 tokens in addition to the "normal" denominations. Earlier tokens from the fort are the Post Canteen ones, ca. 1885-96, the 4th Field Artillery Exchange, ca. 1908-13, Company D, 11 Infantry, ca. 1904-13, and the C. A. Weidman & Co. Post Traders, ca. mid 1870s - 1885.

    Cunningham's Military Tokens of the United States book puts an estimated value of $150. on this one - the book was published in 1995.

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    Re: Military Trade Token Help

    Really cool token....

    Did some newspaper research and from what I am finding...Fort D.A. Russell was located in Wyoming?

    Here's a pretty cool website on the fort:

    Here's a link to the Post Exchange at Fort David Allen Russell:
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    Re: Military Trade Token Help

    Fort D. A. Russell is the name of an American military installation near Marfa, Texas that was active from 1911 to 1946.

    Established in 1911 as Camp Albert, it was a base for cavalry and air reconnaissance units sent to protect West Texas from Mexican bandits after the Pancho Villa raid.

    The base was expanded and renamed Camp Marfa during World War I. In the interwar years, the base became the headquarters for the Marfa Command, which had replaced the Big Bend District. In 1924, a patrol called the Mounted Watchmen was established to deter aliens from crossing the Rio Grande River.

    In 1930, the base was renamed Fort D. A. Russell. The name had been used on a previous military base in Wyoming, but the name became available when that post was renamed Fort Francis E. Warren.

    The base was briefly abandoned during the Great Depression. On January 2, 1933 the Army closed the post, but it was reactivated in 1935 as the home base of the Seventy-seventh Field Artillery.

    During World War II, the post was expanded and used as an air base, a base for a WAC unit, a training facility for Chemical mortar battalions, and a base for troops guarding the U.S.-Mexican border. The Marfa Army Air Field was constructed nearby and was used as pilot training facility. German prisoners of war were also housed in a camp on the base.

    In 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, the fort was closed during America's demobilization. On October 23, 1946, the base was transferred to the Corps of Engineers. The Texas National Guard assumed control of the base shortly afterward. In 1949, most of the base's land was divided up and sold to local citizens.

    In the late 1970s, under the auspices of the Dia Art Foundation, the artist Donald Judd acquired the former fort and began converting the buildings in order to house permanent large-scale art installations. Originally conceived to include works by Judd, John Chamberlain, and Dan Flavin, the museum was later expanded to include works by Carl Andre, Ingolfur Arnarrson, Ilya Kabakov, Roni Horn, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Rabinowitch, and John Wesley. Judd's museum opened to the public in 1986 as the Chinati Foundation.

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    Re: Military Trade Token Help

    Established in 1911 as Camp Albert, it was a base for cavalry and air reconnaissance units sent to protect West Texas from Mexican bandits after the Pancho Villa raid.

    villa did not attack columbus new mexico until 1915.
    villa was considered an honored guest, when he crossed the border, until 1915.

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    Re: Military Trade Token Help

    nice token
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    relic bum

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    The token this guy found is from Fort d a Russell near Cheyenne Wyoming. Not Texas.
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    thats a sweet find
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