Camp Douglas was an internment camp for Prisoners of War (POW) during World War II, located in the city of Douglas, Wyoming, United States. Between January 1943 and February 1946 in the camp housing first Italian and then German prisoners of war in the United States. While there are few remaining structures, the walls of the Officer's Club were painted with murals by three Italian prisoners. These paintings depicting western life and folklore are now registered with the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service on the National Register of Historic Places. The story of this POW camp is an important part of the history of the town of Douglas.
The Officer's Club on the site of the former Douglas POW Camp, constructed in 1943, is a one-story rectangular building measuring 37 feet wide and 132 feet long. The utilitarian, wood-framed building rests on a partial concrete pad and concrete footers.
Stucco applied during the 1980s covers the original walls that were sided with asbestos shingles. The gable roof is covered with asphalt shingles. An enclosed porch projects from the west side of the building. A tall brick chimney is located on the far northeast side of the roof.
A kitchen, pantry, and furnace room are located at the north end of the building which is accessed by a single door on the north side. South of the kitchen area on either side of a hallway are located two bathrooms, a hall closet, and a small game room. The majority of the building is devoted to a large club room from which one can access, through two separate doorways, the west side enclosed porch which also has a door leading to the small game room. The south side of the building beyond the club room consists of a large hallway and three separate rooms now used for storage. An exit doorway on the south side is covered with a small shed roof and concrete steps lead up to it. Plan to visit Douglas WWII P.O.W. Camp during your Douglas vacation using our convenient Douglas trip itinerary site.
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This one building is all that is left of any army base that thrived here in WW II. It is the officer's club & the inside still has evidence of a typical officer's club. There are a few exhibits on..... more
This one building is all that is left of any army base that thrived here in WW II. It is the officer's club & the inside still has evidence of a typical officer's club. There are a few exhibits on..... more »
No outside or roadside signage but dont let that stop you. Building sign says IOOF. Little known history of US POW camps. Rare museum of a camp building as they were only used for a few years. Quote..... more
No outside or roadside signage but dont let that stop you. Building sign says IOOF. Little known history of US POW camps. Rare museum of a camp building as they were only used for a few years. Quote..... more »
So interesting! Never expected to see something like this but am so glad we did. It is so worth the time.
It is a nice small museum that shows a part of history we normally don't get to see. It was fun seeing how a small Wyoming town played an important role during WWII.
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