Powder on the Prairie

This is the first in a series of three DVDs on the history of Badger Ordnance Works/Badger Army Ammunition Plant produced by Dave Erickson, Ootek Productions.

The following introduction is copied from the DVD back label.

Powder On The Prairie--The Story of The Building of the Badger Ordnance Works.

In 1942, seventy Wisconsin farm families were evicted from their land by the U.S. government with barely three months notice--then they weren't paid for two years. The reason? Construction of the world's largest ammunition plant. We re-visit the 7,000-acre plant today with some of the farmers who were displaced and hear from them what this idyllic rural area was like before the plant changed it forever.

This view of World War II from the homefront is brought to life by rare 16MM color film footage shot by a local farmer (from the collection of Harlan Stone).

Erhart Remembered--A Local Historian Who Documented This Event. ..And So Much More!

Also includes "ERHART REMEMBERED," a character sketch of farmer-turned local historian Erhart Mueller, who documented the building of the Badger Ordnance Works on the Sauk Prairie near Baraboo, Wisconsin. Erhart not only captured in rich detail the impact of the plant on his home, a rural township in Wisconsin called Sumpter. A thoughtful examination of the role local historians play in remembering the American rural past.