Most People In Ohio Don’t Know About Our Old German And Italian POW Camp

Did you know that Ohio housed both German and Italian POWs during World War II? Most people don’t. Some of them even worked at the Erie Proving Ground in Ottawa County, which was known as Camp Perry Proving Ground during World War II. It’s a little-known piece of Ohio history that’s fascinating to both World War II and Ohio history buffs alike.

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For more little-known facts about Ohio’s war history, check out our previous article: There’s A 2-Acre Civil War Cemetery That Used To Be A Confederate Prison In Ohio Called Camp Chase.

Address: Ottawa County, OH, USA
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Old POW camp in Ohio

September 03, 2021

What are some other historical places to visit in Ohio?

If the old POW camp in Ohio sparked your curiosity about Ohio history, you’ll definitely want to check out these 15 must-see historical places in Ohio. From the birthplaces of individuals that changed the course of history of our nation to the mysterious effigy mounds that give us clues about those who came before us, there’s just so much to learn here in the Buckeye State. Some of our favorite historical places to visit include Serpent Mound, the largest (and most strangely shaped) effigy mound in the entire world; the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus; and the Rutherford B. Hayes Home in Fremont. But if you’re a history buff, you’ll definitely want to visit them all!

What are some interesting facts about Ohio?

Here’s a fun fact about Ohio: an Ohioan invented the world’s first cash register! This is a little-known piece of Ohio history that’s downright fascinating. James Ritty of Dayton, Ohio, is credited with inventing the cash register and it was first used in the Miners’ Supply Co. in Coalton. Curious to learn more? Here’s how this one-of-a-kind, ubiquitous invention got its start in Ohio.

What are some cool historical sites in Ohio?

Ohio is full of historical sites, and some of the coolest can be found out on the trails. When you want a little more adventure than the average hiking trail, consider hiking a trail that leads somewhere historic… or even ancient. Here are nine of our favorite Ohio hiking trails that lead to some incredible pieces of history. Spoiler alert: the North Shore Loop Trail within Kelleys Island State Park is a must; it’s a one-mile trail that weaves through the island’s quarry history and ruins, with so much to see along the way! Of course, the eponymous Ohio History Center is a one-stop-shop for all things historical in the Buckeye State; here you’ll learn about everything from the discovery of ancient Indian cultures and artifacts to the history of farming and public transportation!

Address: Ottawa County, OH, USA