National Park Service, Idaho.
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, forcing them into one of ten prison camps spread across the nation because of their ethnicity. This is Minidoka's story.
Minidoka National Historic Site is located between the towns of Twin Falls and Jerome, Idaho in south central Idaho. There are minimal facilities and services at the site. Many buildings and features that were part of the center are located on private property surrounding the Historic Site. Please do not enter any private property.