Wharton in Wharton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of World War II Prisoner of War Camp
During World War II, over 50,000 German prisoners of war were interned in camps throughout Texas. Camp Swift in Bastrop County operated a number of branch camps along the Texas Coast, and in 1943 Camp Wharton was established at this site. The old county fair buildings were converted for use by the prisoners and U.S. Army, and the prisoners worked as farm laborers throughout Wharton and Colorado counties.
After the camp was closed at the end of the war, the site was offered to the newly created Wharton County Junior College District in 1946. Both fairgoers and students used the facilities here until 1967, when the entire grounds were purchased by the college.
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4917.)
Location. 29° 19.351′ N, 96° 4.987′ W. Marker is in Wharton, Texas, in Wharton County. Marker is on East Bolling Highway (Farm to Market Road 1301) east of Junior College Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2015 Jr College Blvd, Wharton TX 77488, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wharton County Courthouse (approx. 1.4 miles away); Kendleton (approx. 10 miles away); a different marker also named Kendleton (approx. 10 miles away); Powell Point School (approx. 11½ miles away); Joseph and Rachel Rabb Newman (approx. 13.8 miles away); El Campo (approx. 14 miles away); First National Bank of El Campo (approx. 14.1 miles away); Prairie Switch (approx. 14.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Prisoners of War article in Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on July 30, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 30, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.