• 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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Honor Roll Sign

Nearly ten percent of the camp’s population – about 1,000 internees -- were in the military service. Of the ten relocation centers, Minidoka had the most volunteers.