“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sidney in Cheyenne County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Sioux Army Depot

Sioux Army Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 23, 2014
1. Sioux Army Depot Marker
Inscription. Sioux Army Depot was established on 23 March 1942 as Sioux Ordnance Depot. It was the only U.S. Army Ammunition Depot in Nebraska during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The depot was initially under the command of the U.S. Army Ordnance Department and later the U.S. Army Materiel Command.
Sioux Army Depotís mission during its entire history was the receipt, storage, and issue of all types of ammunition from small arms to 10,000 pound bombs, all types of general supplies from small automobile pars to jeeps, and various strategic and critical materials.
The depot occupied 19,771 acres and included 801 ammunition storage igloos, 22 general supply warehouses, 392 support buildings, 225 family living quarters, 51 miles of railroad track, and 202 miles of roads. Depot personnel assigned ranged from 625 to 2,161 civilian employees and from 4 to 57 military personnel depending on Army activity.
Sioux Army Depot was deactivated on 30 June 1967.
Erected 1992 by Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 362.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 41° 11.192′ N, 103° 6.826′ W. Marker is
Sioux Army Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 23, 2014
2. Sioux Army Depot Marker
in Sidney, Nebraska, in Cheyenne County. Marker is on Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30) near Road 99, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9898 Lincoln Highway, Sidney NE 69162, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hickory Square (approx. 7.7 miles away); Fort Sidney (approx. 8.1 miles away).
Also see . . .  Remembering Sioux Army Depot - Dale Says. They stand like lonely outposts, vestiges of a bygone era, and from a distance on a clear day they look like an enormous prairie dog town. The 801 ammunition storage igloos at the former Sioux Army Depot are nearly forgotten now, lined up in the wheat fields outside Sidney, Nebraska as far as the eye can see. (Submitted on September 3, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. Military
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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