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Near Huntsville in Walker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Camp Huntsville

World War II Prisoner of War Camp

 
 
Camp Huntsville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, September 18, 2011
1. Camp Huntsville Marker
Inscription. Camp Huntsville, completed here in 1942, was one of the first prisoner of war (POW) camps built in the U.S. during World War II. Designed to house 3,000 POWs, it had more than 400 buildings, as well as eight branch camps. The first POWs, part of Germany's Afrika Korps, arrived in Spring 1943, and by fall the population peaked at 4840. Late in the war the camp became a branch of Camp Hearne (Robertson Co.). In Sept. 1945, Camp Huntsville sent its German POWs to Camp Hearne in preparation for the arrival of Japanese POWs at this site. The camp closed on Jan. 5, 1946, and the government transferred more than 800 acres, including buildings, to Sam Houston State Teachers College for use as a country campus.
Texas in World War II-2006
 
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13707.)
 
Location. 30° 49.217′ N, 95° 25.961′ W. Marker is near Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 19 and Knox Circle, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 19. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville TX 77320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies.
Camp Huntsville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, September 18, 2011
2. Camp Huntsville Marker
Harmon Luther Lowman (approx. 9.1 miles away); Old Red Schoolhouse (approx. 9.1 miles away); Original Site of The Steamboat House (approx. 9.2 miles away); Elliott Toulmin Bowers (approx. 9.2 miles away); Harry Fishburne Estill (approx. 9.3 miles away); Charles Norton Shaver (approx. 9.3 miles away); Union Soldiers Graves (approx. 9.4 miles away); Joshua Houston (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Camp Huntville WWII Prisoner of War Camp. Walker County Historical Commission (Submitted on November 28, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. The Four Freedoms: Teaching Democracy at Huntsville's Prisoner of War Camp. Sam Houston State University (Submitted on November 28, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 611 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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