Most People In Arizona Don’t Know About Our Old German POW Camp

Papago Park in Scottsdale is home to some incredibly unique geological structures, and nothing suggests the site has ever been anything besides a natural wonder. That couldn’t be further from the truth, however, as the popular outdoor attraction is the site of a former WWII prisoner-of-war camp. With a massive escape and several deaths, Camp Papago Park left quite a dark stain on history.

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The Arizona Military Museum is open from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on weekends. It is most likely closed right now due to COVID-19, so call or email before visiting. Click here for the website.

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Address: Papago Park Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA
Address: 5636 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA