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Minidoka, the site of a relocation camp used for the detainment of Japanese persons living in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor, is northeast of Twin Falls via US 93 and SR 25; from the intersection of I-84 and US 93, head 5 miles north on US 93, 9.5 miles east on SR 25 to the Hunt Road exit, then 2.2 miles east on Hunt Road.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the opening of 10 such facilities in February 1942, displacing more than 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans until 1945.
Most of the 600 buildings at the 33,000-acre camp were removed. The current 300-acre site features interpretive signs as well as remains of an entry guard station, a waiting room, a root cellar, an ornamental rock garden and a 1.6-mile crushed rock walking trail. Those who died after leaving the camp to serve in the U.S. military during World War II are commemorated on plaques. More than 900 names of Minidoka residents are listed on the Honor Roll at the entrance to the site.
Note: A visitor center is planned for the site, but until then, exhibits about Minidoka and maps are available at the visitor center for nearby Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument; phone (208) 933-4100. There is a small gravel parking lot. The historic site is open daily dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
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