Greeley P.O.W. Camp 202

Greeley P.O.W. Camp 202 (HM29LG)

Location: Greeley, CO 80634 Weld County
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N 40° 25.27', W 104° 51.017'

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These stone gateposts are remnants of the entrance gate into Greeley Camp 202, a World War II prisoner of war (POW) camp located directly north, housing approximately 3,000 German and Austrian prisoners.

This "small city" accommodated 3,600 people. Parallel 14-foot wire fences topped with barbed wire enclosed the 320-acre site. The camp was equipped with electricity, street lights, water, sewer, and a fire station. Buildings included an officers' club, laundry, motor pool, filling station, stables, kennels for 20 dogs, a quartermaster's unit, a 300-seat theater, library, classrooms, guardhouse, 60 prisoner barracks, 16 U.S. Army personnel barracks, water tower, jail, post exchange (store), woodworking shop, and a 150-bed hospital.

In early 1944 German and Austrian soldiers, many captured while serving under General Rommel in North Africa, arrived at Camp 202. Due to the wartime labor shortage most prisoners worked in the agricultural fields around Greeley.

When the camp closed in early 1946, prisoners returned to their homelands, and buildings were sold and moved. In 2008, a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) road widening project threatened demolition of the gateposts. Working with Colorado Preservation, Inc., the City of Greeley; Historic Greeley, Inc.; and the Daughters of the American

Revolution, CDOT moved the gateposts approximately 1,730 feet to the west, installing them in the current permanent location in September 2009.

Photo captions
Top middle: World War II Prisoner of War Camp 202 - Greeley, Colorado: February 22, 1944 - This photograph shows the two stone gateposts holding up the columns that are attached to the sign arching over the entrance of the camp. Image courtesy of the City of Greeley Museums, ID# 2006.31.0001 .2B

Bottom right: Rows of Barracks Camp 202; Between 1943 and 1946 - Likely taken from a guard tower, this westward looking view of the camp shows rows of prisoner and U.S. Army personnel barracks. Along the street are shipping crates. Faintly in the background, the mountains can be seen. The checkered water tower is along the horizon with one guard tower visible to the right and a second guard tower in the horizon's center. Right of center is a smoke stack for one of the workshops. Image courtesy of the City of Greeley Museums, ID# 1976.83.0005

Middle right: Corner of 2nd Street and 3rd Avenue Camp 202 - Between 1943 and 1946
Three U.S. Army soldiers are seen here leaning on their army Jeep at the camp fire department; left to right: unknown man, George Watterburg, and Dave Foos. Image courtesy of the City of Greeley Museums, ID# 2006.47.0026
HM NumberHM29LG
Year Placed2011
Placed ByThe National Park Service, Colorado Historical Society, and the City of Greeley
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, July 21st, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 512700 N 4474515
Decimal Degrees40.42116667, -104.85028333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 25.27', W 104° 51.017'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 25' 16.2" N, 104° 51' 1.0200000000002" W
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Area Code(s)970, 303
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11089 CO-257 Spur, Greeley CO 80634, US
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