The attack on Pearl Harbor intensified hostility towards Japanese Americans. As wartime hysteria mounted, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 forcing over 110,000 West Coast persons of Japanese ancestry (Nikkei) to leave their homes, jobs, and lives behind and move to one of ten War Relocation Authority Centers.To visit Minidoka Internment on your holiday in Jerome, and find out what else Jerome has to offer, use our Jerome trip builder tool .
Minidoka Internment Reviews
We found the sign for this monument easily, but then we could not find the visitor center. There was another couple looking for the visitor center, too. It isn't the house near the sign, it is on down... more »
This is an incredible historic site that has just started to become something of huge significance. It is the site where over 10,000 Americans of Japanese descent were imprisoned during WW2 without an... more »
Small, but interesting. We went on Labor Day and they only had one person working. He was great, but he wasn't able to do tours of the buildings because he had to man the visitor's center. Apparently, they usually only do tours on Saturdays and Sundays, though you can call ahead and set an appointment for a tour most days. It was still fun to walk around on our own and see the site. One word of caution to those with small kids: you park and then walk a ways to get to the visitor's center. Bring a stroller or be prepared to carry your child.
What a worthwhile place to go and learn about one of the darkest moments in American History. Just being able to see and feel what life was like for the 13,000 interred Japanese Americans during WWII is worth the slight detour. You can read all about it but to be there just gives such a deeper sense of wonder and awe that something so blatantly at odds with American values happened so close to home and not all that long ago in the grand scheme of things.
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