Hall was torn down in 2003 and was made part of the Califonia
State Park system, today the site is just an empty site planted
with native plants. Opened
February, 2009 as the
Fort Ord Dunes State Park.
Hall was truly the jewell of Fort Ord. An idea envisioned by "Vinegar
Joe" Stilwell, the Commanding officer of Fort Ord at the
time. General Stilwell was genuinely concerned with the welfare
of his troops and built Stilwell Hall as a facility that soldiers
could go to relax, it was to be the prototype for the first soldiers
club. The club was built in the 1940s by donations from the soldiers.
During its history many entertainers such as Bob Hope and many
of the big band era entertainers gave performances at Stilwell
Hall. During his pre-Hollywood years Clint Eastwood once served
beer in the "tap room".
The "tap room" hosted the longest bar on the west coast
served "near beer" Ths photo shows the enormous timbers
that support the tiled roof in the "tap room"
shows the huge 25ft fireplace in the ball room of Stilwell Hall.
SOLDIERS CLUB, circa mid forties.
Etter (band leader, on trombone), Wally Farmer (one trumpet, waving
hand), Larry Bunker(drums)
graciously provided by Shirley Vee