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McCoy's vision 100 years later


FORT MCCOY, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Fort McCoy near Sparta is celebrating 100-years of service. But it may not exist at all if not for the vision of the man for whom it's named.

Robert Bruce McCoy was raised in Monroe County.  When he returned from the Spanish American War, he thought soldiers needed a place to train.  And of course, he thought Monroe County was the perfect place.

He convinced the War Department in Washington he was correct and in 1909, the government  purchased 4000 acres from McCoy and another surrounding 10,000 more.

"We were really known as Camp Robinson or also referred to as the Sparta Military Reservation prior to 1926," said Linda Fornier from Fort McCoy.  "But when he passed away in 1926 the local legions and veterans organizations said we need to campaign to get the place named Camp McCoy after Robert Bruce McCoy and they were very successful in doing that. "

McCoy not only served in the military, he was also mayor of Sparta, district attorney, and even made a run for governor.

Today... His vision that's now Fort McCoy trains 100,000 soldiers a year and generates more than a billion dollars in economic impact in the area.

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