• View through the barbed wire from inside the camp looking east.


    National Historic Site ID,WA

Lessons in History

The Pearl Harbor attack intensified existing hostility towards Japanese Americans. As wartime hysteria mounted, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 forcing over 120,000 West Coast persons of Japanese ancestry (Nikkei) to leave their homes, jobs, and lives behind and move to one of ten Relocation Centers.

This single largest forced relocation in U.S. history is Minidoka's story.

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Did You Know?

Lunch at a mess hall.

Meat was served once a day and was distributed to the mess halls in the following amounts: Stew meats - 35 lbs Per 100 persons Roast meat - 45 lbs. Per 100 persons Hamburger - 25 lbs. Per 100 persons Frankfurters - Two per person