During World War II, a prisoner-of-war internment camp was located directly north of here. The camp had its beginning in a request by the Holdrege New Industries Committee for a federal conscientious-objector camp to help relieve the severe war-time farm labor shortage. Instead, a prisoner-of-war camp was built. Planning for the camp began in June, 1943.
Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past. Today's subject is the Discovery Oil Well, which marks the spot of the first successful oil well in western Nebraska, ending 60 years of failure.