“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Opelika in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Camp Opelika

World War II Prisoner of War Facility

Camp Opelika Marker image. Click for full size.
By Timothy Carr, August 24, 2013
1. Camp Opelika Marker
Inscription. Located on this 800 acre site was an enemy prisoner of war camp. Construction of Camp Opelika began in September 1942. The first prisoners, captured by the British, were part of General Erwin Rommel’s Africa Corps. The camp prisoner population was maintained at about 3000 until the end of World War II, in May 1945. In September 1945, the camp was deactivated and deeded to the City of Opelika. For a brief period the camp quarters were used for veteran’s housing before the site became an industrial park.
Erected by the Opelika Historic Preservation Society and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission 2002
Erected 2002 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Location. 32° 37.513′ N, 85° 22.294′ W. Marker is in Opelika, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is on Marvyn Parkway (Alabama Route 51) south of Williamson Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2300 Marvyn Parkway, Opelika AL 36804, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lebanon Methodist Meeting House (approx. ¼ mile away); Darden House (approx. 1.1 miles away); African-American Rosemere Cemetery
Camp Opelika Marker (north view) image. Click for full size.
By Timothy Carr, August 24, 2013
2. Camp Opelika Marker (north view)
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Old Rosemere Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); New Rosemere Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Thompson Chapel (approx. 1.3 miles away); Killgore Scholarships / Some Terms of Scholarships (approx. 1.5 miles away); Lee County Courthouse / Lee County Probate Judges (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Opelika.
Also see . . .
1. Celebrating Opelika's Past, Camp Opelika. (Submitted on August 26, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. Encyclopedia of Alabama: World War II POW Camps in Alabama. (Submitted on August 26, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
Additional comments.
1. A personal memory about Camp Opelika.
Back during World War II, two of my great uncles would go to the came and check out a small group of German prisoners for the day to work on their farms. My great aunt would cook the German prisoners lunch and they ate at her table. I asked her if she was afraid if one of the Germans would attempt to escape or try to do harm to her or the family since there was not guards to them. She said no, they were some of the nicest people to have eaten at her table. She stated that some of the prisoners mentioned to her that they did not want to return to their home country after the war. They didn't want to leave because they loved her cooking.

Back in the late 1970's, early 80's I remember seeing a chimney that was all that was left standing of the prison camp. Sadly, during those times I never thought of taking a picture of the chimney. Today, that chimney no longer stands.
    — Submitted August 26, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.

Categories. War, World II
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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