Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Stockton Assembly Center
(San Joaquin County Fairgrounds Prisoner of War Branch Camp)
National Park Service History
The Stockton Assembly Center was at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Occupied for 161 days from May 10 to October 17, it held a total of 4,390 evacuees from San Joaquin County, with a maximum population at one time of 4,271. In the racetrack infield there were 125 barracks and another 40 barracks were on the east side of the fairgrounds
No assembly center or fairground buildings visible in the 1942 aerial photograph remain, but many of the residences and businesses in the vicinity are still present. There is a State of California historical marker at the main pedestrian entrance of the fairgrounds.
Additional Information
When the Assembly Center was closed the site was turned over to the Army Air Forces' 4th Air Service Area Command.

Prisoner of War Branch Camp
A branch of the main Prisoner of War Camp located at the Stockton Ordnance Depot. The camp held 979 German prisoners that were employed at the several military installations in the Stockton area.
Aditional Online Information
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