Minidoka National Historic Site

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Minidoka National Historic Site is one of seven units within the National Park Service that commemorate the violation of civil rights against Japanese Americans during World War II.

Following Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, fear and war hysteria escalated decades of anti-Japanese prejudice in the western United States. In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This order authorized the US Army to remove all persons of Japanese ancestry from their West Coast homes to some of the most isolated areas in the country. Including children born during the war, over 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned without due process of law. Two-thirds of them were US-born citizens.

Minidoka National Historic Site preserves the former Minidoka War Relocation Center and educates visitors about the over 13,000 Japanese Americans who were held there from 1942 to 1945. Despite the hardships of the Idaho desert, they salvaged their lives as best they could by forming schools, community organizations, and small businesses. Visitors are invited to walk the 1.6 mile trail and see the historic structures that remain. Twenty-five outdoor exhibit panels provide insight into camp life and the site’s connection to Homesteaders in the Magic Valley.

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Minidoka National Historic Site

Things To Know

  • ·       Check the National Park Service website for hours of operation and other visitor information. The visitor center is open to the public only during the summer on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday. Trails are open year-round.

    ·        Wear sturdy footwear and bring water. There is little to no shade at the site.

    ·        The site is located on a county road and may not be well maintained during winter weather. Check road conditions before traveling.

    ·        There is no fee to enter the Historic Site.

    ·        Pets are not permitted on the walking trails or inside the visitor center. Pets should never be left unattended in vehicles.

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