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Phoenix in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Papago Park Prisoner Of War Camp

 
 
Papago Park Prisoner Of War Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, circa 1985
1. Papago Park Prisoner Of War Camp Marker
Inscription. From January, 1944, to March 1946, some 2500 POWs (mostly German Naval personnel) were confined in an isolated complex of barracks and barbed-wire compounds situated north of here along both sides of 64th Street. Twenty-five POWs fled December 23rd and 24th, 1944, through a hand-dug tunnel that exited on the canal bank east of the Sheridan Avenue and 66th Street intersection. Though all eventually were recaptured, this was the greatest escape by Axis prisoners from a U.S. Compound during World War II.
 
Erected 1984 by Papago Park POW Camp Commemorative Observance Commission and Arizona Historical Society.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 33° 28.155′ N, 111° 56.683′ W. Marker was in Phoenix, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker could be reached from Walter A, Hass Jr. Way. Touch for map. Marker was at the Papago Softball Complex. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1802 N. 64th St., Phoenix AZ 85008, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. George W. P. Hunt / Arizona's First Governor (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hunt Bass Hatchery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Papago Park's Military History
Papago Park Prisoner Of War Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, January 5, 1985
2. Papago Park Prisoner Of War Camp Marker
Ceremony recognizing former German prisoners from the Papago Park Prisoner of War Camp.
(approx. 1.4 miles away); Scottsdale Grammar School / The Little Red Schoolhouse (approx. 2 miles away); Winfield Scott Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); Permanent Home of the "Beavers" (approx. 2.2 miles away); Passing the Legacy (approx. 2.3 miles away); Charles Miller (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phoenix.
 
More about this marker. Marker location is from photos of commemorative observance recognizing former German prisoners January 5, 1985.
 
Also see . . .  Papago Park POW Camp. Papago Park is the site of the most famous POW escape in all of American history. (Submitted on August 31, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
<i>Location of:</i> Papago Park Prisoner Of War Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2015
3. Location of: Papago Park Prisoner Of War Camp Marker
Note light poles and mountains in background.
Ceremony recognizing former German prisoners from the Papago Park Prisoner of War Camp image. Click for full size.
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, January 5, 1985
4. Ceremony recognizing former German prisoners from the Papago Park Prisoner of War Camp
<i>Location of</i> Papago Park Prisoner Of War Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2015
5. Location of Papago Park Prisoner Of War Camp Marker
Ceremony recognizing former German prisoners from the Papago Park Prisoner of War Camp image. Click for full size.
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, January 5, 1985
6. Ceremony recognizing former German prisoners from the Papago Park Prisoner of War Camp
Elks Lodge, 6398 E Oak St., Scottsdale, AZ image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2015
7. Elks Lodge, 6398 E Oak St., Scottsdale, AZ
This building is the only building remaining from the POW camp. It was the U.S. Army Officer's Club.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 31, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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