3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 26, 2021 9:06 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking records of Punche Valley German POW Camp

    Susan Foster Newbie

      I am researching the validity of local lore about a German POW Camp in Punche Valley (near Antonito), Colorado.  My elder friend told me that it housed high-ranking German officers, perhaps captured from Rommel's unit in North Africa.  I have visited this remote, agricultural site many times, now owned by the BLM, and have noted rectangular concrete footings which may be consistent with holding cells.  Most recently, I interviewed a woman, age 103 years, who spent her early years in Punche Valley but she had no knowledge of a POW Camp there, although she thought it was Germans who introduced local farmers to steel farm implements in the 1920s.  In advance, I thank you for any assistance you can offer.