The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce has received approval to begin printing and installation of a new billboard to take place of the “No Bull” billboard just southwest of Salina on I-70. This is a copy of the sign that will appear along the freeway in a few short weeks. We appreciate our local area Chamber of Commerce and all the work they do to make the Salina Area a better place. Trail Country and Sevier County also contributed to this wonderful project.
The CCC/POW Museum is looking for volunteers to work from 4-6 pm Tuesday – Friday and then 10 am – 2 pm on Saturdays beginning April 18, 2017. This is a great opportunity to share some of the history of Salina with visitors to our wonderful community.
If you are able to help with any times, even if it is just one day a week or month, please contact Salina City at 435-529-7304. Leave your name and number and someone will return your call.
The project to restore the camp’s three buildings including commander’s quarters, a bunk house and a motor pool and repair shop was completed in early November 2016.
“We are absolutely thrilled and honored to receive this award,” project coordinator and fundraising director Tami Olsen said, “It will bring wonderful recognition for the community and city of Salina.”
Originally built to house CCC employees, the camp gained notoriety years later during World War II when it was being used to as a POW camp for 250 German prisoners.
On July 8, 1945, two months after the war ended in Europe, Private Clarence Bertucci, a guard stationed at the camp, opened fire with a .30-caliber machine gun on 43 tents where the POWs were sleeping.
In just 15 seconds Bertucci peppered the barracks with 250 rounds because, he later said, he “just didn’t like Germans.” He killed six POWs and injured 23, three of whom later died at Salina’s hospital. Bertucci was later declared insane and sent to a mental hospital.
Last year, a local group restored the buildings from glorified storage sheds into near-original condi on. A broad range of individuals and groups helped finance the $103,000 project, including the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area.
The award was presented to Salina Mayor Dustin Deaton on Thursday, April 6, at Preservation Utah’s annual meeting and award ceremony at the Falls Event Center, Trolley Square, Salt Lake City.
The restored CCC/POW camp in Salina, Utah, will now serve as a museum. Salina City has restored this
CCC/POW camp to its former state.
According to Alison Flanders, Preservation Utah public outreach director, recipients of the award are nominated by the public for their efforts in preserving historic structures or furthering the preservation movement in the state.
Nominations are judged by a jury of architects, and preservation and planning professionals from throughout the state.
The restored CCC/POW camp is now being operated as a museum. Beginning April 18, hours will be Tuesday-Friday 4-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Group tours or special arrangements may be made by calling Salina City. The camp also has a Facebook page: CCC & POW Camp Salina, Utah
The Annual Salina Easter Egg Hunt presented by the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 9:00 am. There will be prize filled plastic eggs and candy for everyone! And the Easter Bunny will be there too! Bring your family and friends to this fun family tradition!