Minidoka National Historic Site
Size: 6 Acres
Overview: The significance of the Minidoka National Historic Site dates back to World War II, after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. This was one of ten locations where Japanese-American civilians displaced from the West Coast were housed, taken away from their homes, schools, and jobs. This government-enforced action was larger than any single other forced relocation effort in the history of the United States of America.
Little remains to mark this unhappy site: a guard station, waiting room, the ornamental rock garden built by the residents as a peaceful site, a reproduction of the honor roll they maintained during their residence. Nonetheless, many former internees make pilgrimages to this site that played such an important role in their lives or the lives of their families.
Minidoka National Historic Site also supervises the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial on Bainbridge Island, Washington, operated by the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC). BIJAC was created to honor the first-generation Japanese, or Issei, who came to the United States for opportunity. The community builds awareness and preserves the history through various programming and outreach.
Fees, permits, and reservations may apply.