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.
Did You Know?
The most notable topographic feature at the Minidoka Relocation Center site is the wide meandering man-made North Side Canal. For the most part, the canal formed the southern boundary of the 33,000-acre relocation center reserve.