Presentation on Arizona military sites set for Saturday

April 15, 2019

LAUGHLIN — The Silent Era and History Series presents the “Ghost Towns of the Second World War: Arizona’s Historic Military Sites.”

The presentation is to be given by Erik Berg, an award-winning historian with a special interest in the early 20th century Southwest.

Berg’s work has appeared in the Journal of Arizona History, Arizona Highways, Journal of the Society of Commercial Archaeology and Sedona Magazine.

The Silent Era and History Series staff announcement of the presentation noted that during World War II, Arizona’s open spaces, sparse population and mild weather made it an ideal location for a wide range of military operations. Some of those military operations included large ground maneuvers, prisoner of war camps and flight training.

Berg’s presentation discusses the war’s impact on Arizona with a special focus on surviving historic sites that still have significant features or buildings from the war period.

The presentation is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Laughlin Library at 2840 Needles Highway.