Nearby Historical Site Getting Attention
A nearby historical site is drawing the attention from people all over the world and the Texas Historical Commission says it's time to give it the recognition it deserves.
Historians say a World War II internment camp located in crystal city should be added to the national register of historic sites.
Our Annette Garcia traveled to crystal city for more details.
It a piece of US History, slowly swallowed up by modern school and fields yet still very visible in Crystal City.
The site of what used to be a World War II Internment Camp.
Where thousands of Japanese, Italian and German Americans and enemy aliens were stripped of their freedoms.
Forced to stay here because they were considered a threat to national security.
There are several world war two camps across Texas but only one like this.
“That brought about a lot of hardship on families cause usually it was the father being held at one of the camps usually it was the case that wives and families would be asked to be held together and the DHA said we need to have a large camp for families and they chose crystal city for that.”
Decades later, most of the original buildings are gone but evidence of the camps' layout still exist.
The foundations of buildings on the outskirts of the 240-acre camp still visible.
As is the concrete making up the 250-foot wide pool enjoyed by thousands who came through here.
Half of it is ten feet deep, now filled with dirt.
On the other end, the elementary school for German children.
All of this would have been the playground area and although it has a brand new roof it is the last remaining building from the war.
“Word has been getting out as these people age. Their children and grandchildren want to know more about them and their story.”
The Texas Historical Commission is working on getting the site added to the national register for historic sites.
People of crystal city say they'd like to see that happen.
“a lot of people do come out here.”
This man says people who were once ordered to live at the camp have come back to see it again.
“They come out here and you can tell their emotions and stuff its something good that people are finding out.”
The town may have moved forward but its history won't be forgotten.