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In the fall of 1941 word came to the Sauk Prairie that this was to be the site of the largest ammunition plant in the world. The farmers whose farms were to be taken, organized to protest and implore the Government to consider other suitable sites and spare this area of some of the best farm land in the state of Wisconsin. Their efforts were for nothing as the decision had been made and was not going to be changed. By March 1, 1942 the farmers had left their farms, and construction went into full swing, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Ten months later the first production area went into operation.
The official Army photo (1st photo) of the main production area was not dated, but based on dated photos showing more progress then you see here we can estimate that this photo was taken some time in May 1942. A tremendous amount of work has been done in just a few short months to construct the roads, railroad, and the buildings seen here on land that had been farm fields.
During the 70+ year history of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant over 60,000 people worked there. The plant was in production for WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam producing Smokeless Propellant, Rocket Propellant and Ball Powder with a total production 1.039 billion pounds.
CuratorCategory: VolunteerThe Badger History Group has an opening for a Curator. This is a part-time, volunteer position to promote the BAAP area history through engaging exhibits and programming with the BHG mixed-materials collections housed at the Museum of Badger Army Ammunition (MoBAA), located off Highway 12, south of the Baraboo Hills, and gateway to the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area. The BHG Curator is responsible ...read moreContact: Verlyn MuellerPhone:1-608-448-0244
ArchivistCategory: VolunteerThe Badger History Group has an opening for an Archivist. This is a part-time, volunteer position to arrange, preserve, describe, catalog and provide access to the BHG mixed-materials collections housed at the Museum of Badger Army Ammunition (MoBAA), located off Highway 12, south of the Baraboo Hills, and gateway to the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area. The BHG Archivist is responsible for ...read moreContact: Verlyn MuellerPhone:1-608-448-0244