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“Good place for contemplation”

Minidoka Internment National Monument
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Owner description: This national monument commemorates the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Reviewed August 5, 2012

Those who don't learn history are condemned to repeat it. Every American should learn about this place. The site has more to see than other internment sites I've visited; still, not much left. But there are some remains, the fence, good interpretive signs, and a nice walking path. Still has a bleak, isolated kind of beauty, and the weather, as in the 1940s, can be extreme.

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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Visited here recently while traveling through Idaho on vacation. Initially it was not on our travel plans to see this monument, but when I noticed on the map that the site was right off of the Interstate outside of Twin Falls and we would be passing close by, I wanted to take a look. I had just finished reading the book, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" and Minidoka is mentioned in the book. I was excited to get to see a Japanese internment camp as I had been researching a little on the subject. My husband and I had a difficult time finding this place and it took us about 45 minutes of getting lost and driving around the countryside to get to the right place. We laughed about it afterwards, but there is little signage to point you in the right direction and Minidoka does not appear to be well advertised. Two local people gave us directions and we still could not easily find it. One local told me that it was not worth visiting this site as little remained. As we drove around aimlessly, I was concerned if it was even worth our trouble, but my husband was determined. When we did arrive at Minidoka which is located out in nowhere, I was pleasantly surprised. There is indeed not much left of the site, but there are remains of the guard house and visitor center and excellent signage throughout the park that gives a very good idea of what life was like for the Japanese interned there. There is a canal nearby that was full of water when we were there and I learned how the Japanese were thrilled to be near water for bathing, fishing, etc. after being removed from the Seattle area and Pacific Coast. There were almost 10,000 people interned here and I could not help but be amazed as I imagined a bustling center of 10,000 Japanese Americans plus employees. There are paths for walking and I spent about 45 minutes reading everything and thought my time was well spent as I learned quite a bit. There is no visitor center and when we visited we were the only people there. I love historical places and would recommend this site to other history buffs or someone who wants to learn more about Japanese internment. This is a tragic part of our history that is not often mentioned and should be better known. I just wish the national park service would do a better job in providing signs to this location!

4  Thank MSWMom50
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Reviewed December 25, 2011

This was the site of a Japanese internment camp during World War II. There is not much remaining to see--a dry canal, a few stone walls from buildings and some foundations. A few markers show the sites of the post-office and the garden planted by those interned. The unmistakable feeling of isolation and how disruptive life in this concentration camp must have been is sobering. There are paths to follow, benches and a few interpretive signs. It is a good idea to read about this site on the web before coming.

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Reviewed January 26, 2011

Well worth your time and a very valuable historical lesson. Each June there are group educational tours. We have gone several times and find it a moving experience.

3  Thank rdtf
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