“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Hereford in Castro County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Prisoner of War Camp Chapel

(3 Mi. W.)

Prisoner Of War Camp Chapel (3 Mi. W) image. Click for full size.
By Elizabeth Bain
1. Prisoner Of War Camp Chapel (3 Mi. W)
Inscription. Near this site during World War II the Hereford Military Reservation and Reception Center, a prisoner of war camp, was established. During nearly three years of operation, approximately 7000 Italian soldiers were imprisoned. Through their work on area farms and such projects as the painting of religious murals in St. Mary's Catholic Church at Umbarger (25 mi. NE), many of the soldiers made lasting friendships with local residents and with American troops at the camp. The center's chapel, constructed by the prisoners, is the only building remaining at the site.
Erected 1982. (Marker Number 4124.)
Location. 34° 44.66′ N, 102° 21.73′ W. Marker is near Hereford, Texas, in Castro County. Marker is on U.S. 385 south of County Road 601A, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hereford TX 79045, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. P.O.W. Camp Chapel (approx. 3.6 miles away); a different marker also named Prisoner of War Camp Chapel (approx. 5.1 miles away); Pioneer Windmill (approx. 5.3 miles away); Deaf Smith County
P.O.W. Camp Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 3, 2012
2. P.O.W. Camp Chapel
(approx. 5˝ miles away); Deaf Smith Courthouse (approx. 5˝ miles away); Gilbreath-Cowsert House (approx. 13.3 miles away); Castro County Courthouses (approx. 13.7 miles away); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 13.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hereford.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Categories. Churches & ReligionWar, World II
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2015, by Elizabeth Bain of Sunray, Texas. This page has been viewed 284 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 26, 2015, by Elizabeth Bain of Sunray, Texas.   2. submitted on June 5, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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