Bassett POW Camp in Joiner, Arkansas

U.S. Route 61, which stretches from Minnesota to Louisiana, cuts through 76 miles of rural eastern Arkansas along the Mississippi River. Just north of the small town of Bassett, visible from Arkansas' Great River Road, stand the remains of a gate which marked the entrance to a POW camp during World War II.

Eastern Arkansas was the site for numerous POW camps, built to house German and Italian prisoners. The American government, while initially resistant to the idea of bringing over POWs,...

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