Alva, Oklahoma: Cherokee Strip Museum

Museum features an exhibit on Alva's World War II POW camp, where the most difficult Nazis prisoners were kept.

Address:
901 14th St., Alva, OK
Directions:
West side of town, 2 blocks north of US Hwy 64/Hwy 14 at 14th St. and Maple St.
Hours:
Daily 2-5 pm, closed M. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
580-327-2030
Admission:
Donation.
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Cherokee Strip Museum

During WWII, Nazis and Nazi sympathizers were held in a prison camp a mile south of Alva, Oklahoma on the west side of highway 281. Closed in 1945, the land is now used for the airport and fairgrounds. At the museum there is an exhibit of items from the camp.

This is a museum dedicated to preserving the history of the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma. We have many artifacts of the Cherokee Strip land run of 1893 and history of the area up through the present. This includes history and artifacts from the local WWII prison of war camp. The museum is housed in the old hospital building, taking up 2 floors.

We also have an annex building, a barn, and the old school house, as well as a large amount of old farming equipment on display on the grounds.

[Anjanette Douglas, 11/05/2009]

Alva's POW camp supposedly held the most hardcore Nazi fanatics.


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