“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Hastings in Adams County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Naval Ammunition Depot

Naval Ammunition Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
1. Naval Ammunition Depot Marker
Inscription. The U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot, known locally as "the NAD," was the largest of the navy's World War II inland munitions depots, occupying almost 49,000 acres of Adams and Clay County farmland. Construction began in July 1942; loading, assembly, and storage of ordnance continued until final closing in June 1966. By V-J Day in 1945, the NAD employed 10,000 military and civilian workers. At one point during the war the NAD was producing nearly forty percent of the navy's ordnance, including sixteen-inch shells.

Costing $71 million, the NAD had 207 miles of railroad track, 274 miles of roads, and 2,200 buildings, including hundreds of igloo-shaped explosives storage magazines. The depot embittered farmers whose land was taken by the government, but it produced an economic boom as Hastings's population jumped from 15,200 in 1942 to 23,000 in 1943. A September 1944 explosion killed 9 workers, injured fifty-three, and left a 550-foot-long crater. The blast was felt 100 miles away and shattered windows for miles around.
Erected by Adams County Historical Society, Clay County Historical Society, and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 366.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 34.851′ N, 98° 19.606′ W. Marker is near Hastings, Nebraska, in Adams County. Marker is on South Technical Boulevard south of U.S. 6, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hastings NE 68901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Martin Brothers Historic Memorial (approx. 15 miles away).
Categories. DisastersWar, World II
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 678 times since then and 141 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 15, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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