Greeley in Weld County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
German Prisoner of War Camp 202
March 13, 1944 - February 28, 1946
These pillars mark the spot where 2,000 German soldiers were incarcerated for security reasons in the last years of World War II.
The first occupants of this 320 acre camp, surrounded by tall barbed wire fences, were German-Austrian prisoners captured during the African Campaign directed by General Rommel. One prisoner at Camp 202 was Rommel's personal mechanic.
25% of the prisoners spoke English and were placed in jobs according to their abilities and professions. To reduce the shortage of agricultural laborers, many Camp 202 P.O.W.'s worked on Weld County farms in the sugar beet fields, predominately cultivating sugar beets.
150-200 American personnel were staffed at Camp 202.
World War II is a distant memory, but the legacy of the prisoners of war to this community marks an important chapter in Weld County's history.
Erected 1993 by Centennial Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Greeley Colorado.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture Notable Places • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) series list.
Location. 40° 25.261′ N, 104° 51.018′ 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. A Camp 202 Prisoner (a few steps from this marker); POW Camp #202 (a few steps from this marker); Greeley P.O.W. 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 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.