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Minidoka Internment National Monument

US 93 North, Eden Exit, Jerome, Idaho USA

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This national monument commemorates the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

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Patrick

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April 11, 2019
Rated 5.0

A very quiet, somber memorial. There isn't a visitor center located here, so don't expect flushing toilets or a Ranger to point you in a certain direction. I came here on a day trip with my son (in a backpack) and spent a few hours walking around reading all the signage I could. The monument is set aside to remember the injustice of the Japanese-Americans locked up during WWII hysteria, but it also tells the story of the land after the war.
This struck me as a relatively "young" NPS site, so there will be more to come, hopefully. The three things that struck me the most were: the replica guard tower, the Victory Garden that had all the names of the men who volunteered from the camp to go fight for a government that wouldn't give them the liberties they deserved, and the faint outline of the baseball diamond: something that is so ingrained in Americans that even when the prisoners were accused of being unpatriotic or a threat, they were still American to the core.

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Minidoka Internment National Monument

US 93 North, Eden Exit
Jerome, Idaho
USA

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