According to the town archives, a great deal of history lies in the 19,000-acre post near Annville know as Fort Indiantown Gap. The name Indiantown was actually derived from the many Indian villages in the vicinity, and the name, Indiantown Gap comes from a separation in the Blue Mountains used by the neighboring Indians as a shortcut route to Shamokin. Fort Indiantown Gap (FTIG) has been a key installation for the Army and the Pennsylvania National Guard for more than 80 years.
Upon entering the town, it gave an almost eerie feel as the empty streets begged for attention. The homes are few and far between and don’t expect any extravagant shopping centers or restaurants. I’m all for peace and quiet, but Indiantown Gap is way too quiet for me. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just a simple town with simple people and sometimes that’s hard to take in when you’re living in the North among the bustling city life. Still, it’s majestic mountains and curvy hilltops make for a breathtaking view.
Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Base is small but serves its purpose. It has the typical military supply shops, training grounds, bunkers, a gas station, and a shopping center that offers a mini-AAFES PX, a barbershop, military clothing and sales, and a Subway. Nothing big, but useful nonetheless.
Being the military family and travel fanatics we are, discovering military museums and historical grounds is always one of our interests. History will always be changed through books and stories and sometimes history is buried and our soldiers purposefully forgotten for some reason or another, so when we come across a memorial for Veterans, it is of the utmost importance that we stop and show our respects. The FITG Veterans Memorial is amazingly well kept and cared for.
The flags line the entryway posed with respect and dedication while the beautifully well-built wall proudly displays each military branch. The grass and tree lines are neatly trimmed and cut solidifying that military clean-cut nature. Then there’s the memorial gardens that present plaques for all our brothers and sisters in the local area whom have died for our country and asked for nothing in return. We took a moment to pause and read each one in remembrance.
The town itself is less than desirable and not necessarily a place where travelers could enjoy themselves or even find a place to stop for the night, but I would recommend making a short detour at the Veterans Memorial to pay your respects.
You can learn more about Fort Indiantown Gap history and military divisions from the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum.
For more high definition photographs of the Guard Base and the Veterans Memorial, visit our Fort Indiantown Gap Gallery