Minidoka

Minidoka

United States. Army. Western Defense Command and Fourth Army. Final Report, Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast, 1942.
Washington 1943, p. 260

Minidoka
Jerome County, Idaho

 

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Minidoka Relocation Center (U.S. government name) at Hunt, Idaho was located on 33,000 acres at 4,000 ft. above sea level on the Snake River Plain, 15 miles north of Twin Falls in the south central section of Idaho. Its residents made up a fairly coherent, self-sufficient community with the administrative residential camp core occupying 950 acres contained within five miles of barbed wire fencing and eight watchtowers; many incarcerated from Seattle and Bainbridge Island, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Unlike other centers, several grid sections conformed to the topography, arranged around the flow of the North Side Main Canal. Construction began on June 5, 1942 with occupation beginning on August 10, 1942. Besides dust storms and mud, the temperature ranges were extreme–from 30 degrees below zero to 115 degrees in the summertime. Minidoka closed on October 28, 1945.