In the stacks at the Filson Historical Society lay panoramic photos of an old US Army training site that once was a major part of Louisville. Camp Zachary Taylor, named for Louisville resident and American President Zachary Taylor, was a World War I training camp built in 1917, the largest of 16 such camps that dotted the United States to prepare the United States’ young men for the Great War. The camp was built in only 90 days and contained 2,000+ buildings that housed 40,000+ troops. The first troops arrived at Camp Zachary Taylor in September of 1917. Sadly, in 1918, an influenza outbreak at the camp killed 824 soldiers and put 13,000 in the hospital. Approximately 125,000 troops were trained at the camp before it was closed in 1920 after the end of World War I. The camp was auctioned off as 1,500 different parcels of land in 1921 and became the Camp Taylor area of Louisville. Many of these parcels were bought by the soldiers returning to the area after completing their term of service.One famous author came through Camp Zachary Taylor before it was closed, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was at the camp from April 1918 to May 1918 and took some inspiration for his novel The Great Gatsby from Louisville. His character Daisy is from Louisville and the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville is the site of a wedding between two of the characters.