Greeley in Weld County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Greeley P.O.W. Camp 202
This "small city" accommodated 3,600 people. Parallel 14-foot wire fences topped with barbed wire enclosed the 320-acre site. The camp was equipped with electricity, street lights, water, sewer, and a fire station. Buildings included an officers' club, laundry, motor pool, filling station, stables, kennels for 20 dogs, a quartermaster's unit, a 300-seat theater, library, classrooms, guardhouse, 60 prisoner barracks, 16 U.S. Army personnel barracks, water tower, jail, post exchange (store), woodworking shop, and a 150-bed hospital.
In early 1944 German and Austrian soldiers, many captured while serving under General Rommel in North Africa, arrived at Camp 202. Due to the wartime labor shortage most prisoners worked in the agricultural fields around Greeley.
When the camp closed in early 1946, prisoners returned to their homelands, and buildings were sold and moved. In 2008, a Colorado Department of Transportation
Top middle: World War II Prisoner of War Camp 202 - Greeley, Colorado: February 22, 1944 - This photograph shows the two stone gateposts holding up the columns that are attached to the sign arching over the entrance of the camp. Image courtesy of the City of Greeley Museums, ID# 2006.31.0001 .2B
Bottom right: Rows of Barracks Camp 202; Between 1943 and 1946 - Likely taken from a guard tower, this westward looking view of the camp shows rows of prisoner and U.S. Army personnel barracks. Along the street are shipping crates. Faintly in the background, the mountains can be seen. The checkered water tower is along the horizon with one guard tower visible to the right and a second guard tower in the horizon's center. Right of center is a smoke stack for one of the workshops. Image courtesy of the City of Greeley Museums, ID# 1976.83.0005
Middle right: Corner of 2nd Street and 3rd Avenue Camp 202 - Between 1943 and 1946
Three U.S. Army soldiers are seen here leaning on their army Jeep
Erected 2011 by the National Park Service, Colorado Historical Society, and the City of Greeley.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Places • War, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is September 2009.
Location. 40° 25.27′ N, 104° 51.017′ W. Marker is in Greeley, Colorado, in Weld County. Marker is on Colorado Route 257 west of West 10th Street (Business U.S. 34), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greeley CO 80634, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. POW Camp #202 (here, next to this marker); A Camp 202 Prisoner (here, next to this marker); German Prisoner of War Camp 202 (a few steps from this marker); Loveland (approx. 4.3 miles away); #3 Ditch Marker (approx. 7.8 miles away); Masonic Temple (approx. 8.2 miles away); The Pioneer Fountain (approx. 8.3 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greeley.
Also see . . . Pillars of P.O.W. Camp 202. (Submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 124 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.