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Minidoka National Historic Site
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
Minidoka National Historic Site is located in Idaho
Location Jerome County, ID, USA
Nearest city Eden, Idaho
Coordinates 42°38′13″N 114°13′56″W / 42.63694°N 114.23222°W / 42.63694; -114.23222Coordinates: 42°38′13″N 114°13′56″W / 42.63694°N 114.23222°W / 42.63694; -114.23222
Area 73 acres (0.29 km²)
Established January 17, 2001
Governing body National Park Service

Minidoka National Historic Site is a U.S. National Historic Site located in Jerome County, Idaho, 17 miles (27 km) northeast of Twin Falls and just north of Eden, in an area known as Hunt. The remote high desert area north of the Snake River was the site of the Minidoka War Relocation Center from 1942–45, one of ten camps at which Japanese Americans, both citizens and resident aliens, were interned during World War II. The site is administered by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Under provisions of President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, all persons of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the West Coast of the United States. Minidoka housed more than 9,000 Japanese Americans, predominantly from Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.[1]

Japanese-American internees at the Minidoka War Relocation Center

Minidoka is the name of a reclamation project which also gives its name to the neighboring Minidoka County. The Minidoka name was applied to the Idaho relocation center in Jerome County to avoid confusion with the Jerome War Relocation Center in Jerome, Arkansas.

The internment camp site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 10, 1979. The site was established in 2001, and as one of the newest units of the National Park System, it does not yet have any visitor facilities or services available on location. However, a temporary exhibit and information about the monument is on display at the visitor center of the nearby Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. Currently, visitors see the remains of the entry guard station, waiting room, and rock garden and can visit the Relocation Center display at the Jerome County Museum in nearby Jerome and the restored barracks building at the Idaho Farm and Ranch Museum southeast of town. There is a small marker adjacent to the remains of the guard station, and a larger sign at the intersection of Highway 25 and Hunt Road, which gives some of the history of the camp.

The National Park Service began a three-year public planning process in the fall of 2002 to develop a General Management Plan (GMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The General Management Plan sets forth the basic management philosophy for the Monument and provides the strategies for addressing issues and achieving identified management objectives that will guide management of the site for the next 15–20 years.

On December 21, 2006, President Bush signed H.R. 1492 into law guaranteeing $38,000,000 in federal money to restore the Minidoka relocation center along with nine other former Japanese internment camps. "H.R. 1492".  

On May 8, 2008, President George W. Bush signed the Wild Sky Wilderness Act into law, which changed the status of the former U.S. National Monument to National Historic Site and added the Nidoto Nai Yoni (Let It Not Happen Again) Memorial on Bainbridge Island, Washington to the monument.[2][3]


Notable Minidoka internees


  1. ^ "Friends of Minidoka: WWII Internment". Retrieved 2008-05-15.  
  2. ^ Pacific Citizen Staff, Associated Press (2008-05-16). "Bush Signs Bill Expanding Borders of Minidoka Monument". Japanese American Citizens League. Retrieved 2008-06-18.  
  3. ^ Stahl, Greg (2008-05-14). "Congress Expands Minidoka Site". Idaho Mountain Express. Retrieved 2008-06-18.  
  4. ^ Odegard, Kyle (2008-06-16). "Former students get degrees at last". Albany Democrat-Herald. Retrieved 2008-08-17.  
  5. ^ Foster, Chris (2008-11-22). "War And The Roses For Oregon State". Los Angeles Times.,0,1014340,full.story. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  

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