“Japanese-American Internment Camp Site”
Minidoka National Historic Site is a national historic site that commemorates the Minidoka War Relocation Center of the Second World War. It is located in Jerome County, Idaho, in a remote high desert area north of the Snake River. The Minidoka War Relocation Center was in operation from 1942–45 and one of ten camps at which Japanese American, both citizens and resident aliens, were interned during World War II. Under provisions of President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 all persons of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the West Coast of the United States. Minidoka housed more than 9,000 Japanese American predominantly from Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
According to their website the historical site is still being developed so tread carefully as you visit this somber monument.
This is a place where you need to understand the history of interment camps to get the full value. Google it before going and you will enjoy it more. There are some buildings still standing and multiple boards with information.
There's not much to see here, but it was well worth the stop. It's a very somber monument to a very dark time in our past that is not often discussed.
Excellent little stop in the middle of Idaho farmland.
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Minidoka War Relocation Center
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