Thank you, Ann, for this very interesting article which I also had located recently, Unfortunately, the article does not specify any POW camps in Conejos County, home of Antonito and Punche Valley, despite numerous reports from elders in the area that German POWs provided farm labor during the war in the county. Thank you for your help with this endeavor!
Dear Ms. Foster,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Subject Files, 1942-1946 in the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389)
58 files related to prisoner of war camps in Colorado that might be of interest to you. The series Subject Correspondence Files Relating to the Construction of and Conditions in Prisoner of War Camps, 1942-1947 in Record Group 389 includes 5 files related to Colorado, and the series Decimal Files, 1943-1946 in Record Group 389 contains 3 files related to prisoner of war camps in Colorado. We also located the series Unclassified Decimal Files, 1941-1954 in Record Group 389 that includes some information related to PW Camps and Colorado These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com for access to and information about these and similar records.
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Next, we located the History Colorado publication The Enemy in Colorado: German Prisoners of War, 1943-1946 and article Doing Our Part that may contain some information related to your search. Their website also provides information about historical Newspapers in Colorado that you may wish to review. We suggest that you contact them and similar organizations like the Conejos County Museum in Antonito, CO and the Colorado State Archives for additional assistance. Plus, you may be interested in Colorado Preservation’s online article about Pillars of POW Camp 202 and in Metropolitan State University of Denver’s website about Prisoners of War | Camp Hale, which both include some general information about prisoner of war camps in Colorado during World War II.
You may be able to locate information about the prisoner of war camp in Punche Valley by searching historic newspapers like those available online via the Colorado State Library’s Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection and their Colorado Historic Newspapers – Colorado Virtual Library.
Finally, because the land is currently managed by the Bureau of Land Management's San Luis Valley Field Office, you may wish to contact them directly to see if they can offer you any information about the history of Punche Valley.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!