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West Point’s History In Pictures : An American Treasure : 220 Years Old Today!

Postcard photo of a New York Central train at West Point.
“Beat Navy” tunnel

West Point’s History In Pictures Originally established as a fort. As a result of its strategic high ground overlooking the Hudson River with a scenic view, 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City. 

First female graduates in 1980
Looking north toward the central campus
Graduates of the Class of 2008 toss their hats after “class dismissed”
Cadets cross a rope bridge during summer training

General David Petraeus

Indoor obstacle course
Cadet collar and shoulder sleeve insignia

The oldest military academy in the United States and the most elite.

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman (SEAC) Ramon “CZ” Colon-Lopez attend the Army-Navy football game at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, Dec. 12, 2020. The first time the game was played at Michie Stadium in West Point since 1943, Army West Point beat Navy 15-0 in the 121st football game between the two academies. (DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
Class at West Point, 1929
Class of 1980 Cadets Carol A. Young, Gregory Stephens, and Kathryn A. Wildey at West Point, December 1976

The academy was founded today, 220 years ago in 1802.

Corps of Cadets c. 1870

One year after President Thomas Jefferson directed that plans be set in motion to establish it.

West Point Graduate General David Petraeus
The 57th & 58th Superintendents, LTG Franklin L. Hagenbeck (L) & LTG David H. Huntoon (R)

West Point’s History In Pictures

Cadet color guard on parade
Robert Edward Lee Class of 1829