Palisade in Hitchcock County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Prisoners of War in Hitchcock County
In January 1944 German prisoners of war from the Indianola camp came to a side camp here to help area farmers complete the 1943 corn harvest. Over the next two years the Palisade camp was activated and deactivated as needed to supply labor to harvest crops or work in beet fields. Farmers contracted with the government and paid the prisoners’ wages. In December 1945 the camp closed for the last time, and POWs were returned to Camp Atlanta near Holdrege, Nebraska.
Erected by Nebraska State Historical Society; and Hansen Charitable Foundation. (Marker Number 451.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1944.
Location. 40° 21.016′ N, 101° 6.455′ W. Marker is in Palisade, Nebraska, in Hitchcock County. Marker is on North Main Street (Nebraska Route 25A) north of East Carrigan Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Palisade NE 69040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least Massacre Canyon (approx. 12˝ miles away); Old Texas Ogallala Trail (approx. 12˝ miles away); Hayes County Veterans Memorial (approx. 13.2 miles away); The Leavenworth and Pike’s Peak Express (approx. 15˝ miles away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. World War II POW's in Nebraska
Also see . . . How enemies worked together during World War II. (from McCook Gazette, 12/8/2006) Prisoners were housed for a time in the building that is now the Last Resort, in the bus barn and finally, in the now vacant buildings on the east side of main street. The marker stands before the last set of buildings that housed prisoners. POWs worked on 151 farms during the time the Palisade camps were open. Prisoners harvested 10,000 bushels of corn in the late winter and spring of 1944. (Submitted on July 11, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.