Prisoners on the Plains / Ride ‘Em Cowboy
Prisoners on the Plains
During World War II, a seasonal Prisoner of War Camp was located in Ovid. Nearly 400 German prisoners worked in nearby potato and sugar beet fields. Housing was provided in 40 tents and two large downtown buildings.
Ride 'Em Cowboy
Handling livestock while working for area ranches gave Thad Sowder the skills he needed to earn the World Championship for bronc riding in both 1901 and 1902. Sowder rode in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and was one of the first to be named to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. A memorial headstone marks his grave in the Ovid Cemetery.
Location. 40° 57.622′ N, 102° 23.255′ W. Marker is in Ovid, Colorado, in Sedgwick County. Marker is on Main Street just south of U.S. 138. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ovid CO 80744, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. See and Do,Off the Byway (here, next to this marker); Ovid, Colorado (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Campsites and River Crossings (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sugar Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Sedgwick
Also see . . .
1. Death Notice of Thad Sowder. (Submitted on September 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Thad Sowder - Frontier Days 1902. (Submitted on September 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Entertainment • Notable Persons • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 659 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.