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Pine Grove Furnace POW Interrogation Camp

 
 
Pine Grove Furnace POW Interrogation Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, January 6, 2017
1. Pine Grove Furnace POW Interrogation Camp Marker
Inscription.  During WWII, the US War Dept. operated this secret facility a mile north along Michaux Rd., one of three such sites in the US. Military intelligence relating to topics such as weaponry development and Axis operations was gained from thousands of German and Japanese prisoners. Originally a farm serving the iron industry, 1785-1919, the site was converted to Civilian Conservation Corps Camp S-51-PA, 1933-42. After the war it became church Camp Michaux, 1946-72.
 
Erected 2011 by Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series lists.
 
Location. 40° 1.334′ N, 77° 19.653′ W. Marker is in Cooke Township, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Pine Grove Road and Michaux Road on Pine Grove Road. The marker is located
Pine Grove Furnace POW Interrogation Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, May 30, 2015
2. Pine Grove Furnace POW Interrogation Camp Marker
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in Cooke Township. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1561 Pine Grove Rd, Gardners PA 17324, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Michaux (approx. 1.2 miles away); On This Spot Were Found (approx. 3.2 miles away); Kidnapped (approx. 5 miles away); South Mountain: The Bedrock Of Conservation… (approx. 7.1 miles away); Pennsylvania Bread Basket: Feeding a Nation in Conflict (approx. 7.1 miles away); Why are South Mountain and the Fruit Belt so important to the area and Pennsylvania? (approx. 7.1 miles away); Local History of the Area (approx. 7.1 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cooke Township.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Sentinel Pine Grove POWs: Pine Grove Furnace was once a POW Interrogation Camp. (Submitted on January 7, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Cumberland County Historical Society - Self Guided Camp Michaux Walking Tour (.pdf). Among other uses, this document provides information and photos of the former Pine Grove Furnace POW Interrogation Camp. (Submitted on January 7, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Old building on the Pine Grove Furnace property image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, May 30, 2015
3. Old building on the Pine Grove Furnace property
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 623 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 6, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   2, 3. submitted on June 3, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 9, 2022