World War II Prisoner of War CampCamp Huntsville, completed here in 1942, was one of the first prisoner of war (POW) camps built in the U.S. during World War II. Designed to house 3,000 POWs, it had more than 400 buildings, as well as eight branch camps. The first POWs, part of Germany's Afrika Korps, arrived in Spring 1943, and by fall the population peaked at 4840. Late in the war the camp became a branch of Camp Hearne (Robertson Co.). In Sept. 1945, Camp Huntsville sent its German POWs to Camp Hearne in preparation for the arrival of Japanese POWs at this site. The camp closed on Jan. 5, 1946, and the government transferred more than 800 acres, including buildings, to Sam Houston State Teachers College for use as a country campus.
|Placed By||Texas Historical Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 5:47am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15R E 267293 N 3412217|
|Decimal Degrees||30.82028333, -95.43268333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 30° 49.217', W 95° 25.961'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||30° 49' 13.02" N, 95° 25' 57.66" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 3317 TX-19, Huntsville TX 77320, US|
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