Camp Hearne

Imagine walking on the same ground as WWII German soldiers. That ground is here… in Texas!

Camp Hearne was a World War II Prisoner-of-War Camp located north of Hearne, Texas on Highway 485 West. After the 1942-43 US troop build-up and successes in North Africa and Italy, the ships carrying our soldiers to the European theater returned to the US with a different cargo… Axis’ POWs.


Due to its flat terrain, distance from the coastline, railroad access, sparse population and local need for farm laborers, Hearne was chosen to house 4800+ of these prisoners in its POW base camp.

Today’s historic camp site has many building foundations that outline the camp’s original “footprint” as well as remnants of various prisoner-built amenities. An exhibit depicting the daily life of the Camp’s mostly German prisoners may be viewed in a reconstructed US Army barrack at the site – Fairground Road & FM 485. Camp Hearne is a truly unique window into our more recent past. Visit for more information.

Camp Hearne Historic Site

12424 Camp Hearne Rd.

Hearne, Texas 77859

O: 979-314-7012

F: 979-314-7097

Open Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm


The Hearne Depot

Hearne’s beautifully restored turn-of-the-century, arrow-shaped depot features antique furnishings and exhibits containing many local history items (including 200+ historic Hearne photos) as well as railroad memorabilia. Several wax figurines commemorate local railroad employees from days gone by. Recently opened and getting rave reviews, this new visitor information center is attracting a wide variety of history buffs and curiosity seekers who wish to see how this venerable old building looks inside.

The Hearne Depot

139 W. 9th St.
Hearne, Texas
O: (806) 790-4659

Open Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm

Hearne, TX 77859, USA
Phone: (979)-279-3461