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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