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“Not to be forgotten American History treasure”

Minidoka Internment National Monument
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Jerome
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Owner description: This national monument commemorates the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Reviewed February 26, 2014

Touring the Internment Camp is a great way to spend an afternoon. The 1.6 miles of trails are lined with interpretive plaques telling the story of the nearly 10,000 Japanese Americans interred there between the years 1942 and 1945. This not to be forgotten chapter of American history chronicles how mass fear and hysteria led to the deprivation of Constitutionally protected rights of American citizens in the name of "national security". The walk around the grounds brought a feeling of connection with the internees. Though most of the buildings are gone, there is enough of a representative sample to invoke a solemn feeling. If you want a richer experience, contact the national park service in Hagerman, Idaho to arrange for a ranger guided tour. (208) 837-4793 Ranger Carol Ash guided our tour and it was spectacular.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

This is just starting to get restored and put back. There were lots of interpretive signs to tell the story. The park covers a lot of ground, and the trail is 1.6 miles ling, but you can see a lot just driving from the first parking lot, to the second where there is a crosswalk and park and see the buildings. Go to the visitor center in Hagerman first.
It is really disgusting what we did to American citizens just because we could identify them easily. This is a monument and a reminder that we should never let it happen again, an ugly reminder of our past.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is one of the Japanese Internment Camps and an interesting insight to how these folks lived during WWII. There are remains of barracks and nice walking paths to take you through the history of this area.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

You have to drive out of the way but if you want some very interesting WWII history, then take the trip to Hunt. You can see the remains of the camp and many of the old barrack buildings are still in use today around Jerome County such as many are County owned at the Jerome County Airport.

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Reviewed May 24, 2013

There's not much there now, but many are working toward restoring this site. There is an annual trek by the folks and families of those who were interred here during WWII. Fascinating. The visitor center is several miles away at this time, in Hagerman, where there's a lot of information available.

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