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Sidney in Cheyenne County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Sioux Army Depot

Sioux Army Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 23, 2014
1. Sioux Army Depot Marker
Inscription.  Sioux Army Depot was established on 23 March 1942 as Sioux Ordnance Depot. It was the only U.S. Army Ammunition Depot in Nebraska during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The depot was initially under the command of the U.S. Army Ordnance Department and later the U.S. Army Materiel Command.
Sioux Army Depot’s mission during its entire history was the receipt, storage, and issue of all types of ammunition from small arms to 10,000 pound bombs, all types of general supplies from small automobile pars to jeeps, and various strategic and critical materials.
The depot occupied 19,771 acres and included 801 ammunition storage igloos, 22 general supply warehouses, 392 support buildings, 225 family living quarters, 51 miles of railroad track, and 202 miles of roads. Depot personnel assigned ranged from 625 to 2,161 civilian employees and from 4 to 57 military personnel depending on Army activity.
Sioux Army Depot was deactivated on 30 June 1967.
Erected 1992 by Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 362.)
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in this topic list: Military. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 23, 1942.
Location. 41° 11.192′ N, 103° 6.826′ W. Marker is in Sidney, Nebraska, in Cheyenne County. Marker is on Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30) near Road 99, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9898 Lincoln Highway, Sidney NE 69162, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sidney-Black Hills Trail (approx. 6.6 miles away); Hickory Square (approx. 7.7 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 7.8 miles away); Fort Sidney (approx. 8.1 miles away); Nebraska’s Earliest Documented Burial (approx. 8˝ miles away); Discovery Oil Well - Marathon Oil Company (approx. 8.9 miles away); Early Irrigation in Cheyenne County (approx. 9.8 miles away); Potter and the Union Pacific Railroad (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sidney.
Also see . . .  Remembering Sioux Army Depot - Dale Says. They stand like lonely outposts, vestiges of a bygone era, and from a distance on a clear day they look like an enormous prairie dog town. The 801 ammunition storage igloos at
Sioux Army Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 23, 2014
2. Sioux Army Depot Marker
the former Sioux Army Depot are nearly forgotten now, lined up in the wheat fields outside Sidney, Nebraska as far as the eye can see.
(Submitted on September 3, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 911 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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