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“Great walk through history”

Minidoka Internment National Monument
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Owner description: This national monument commemorates the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Minidoka is a bit out of the way but well worth the drive. (The drive also takes you through lots of Idaho farm land and we got to see some potatoes being harvested and a giant mountain of potatoes. I found it very exciting.)

A nice gravel pathway leads you on a 1.6 mile loop through historical buildings and signs that tell the story.

It's an unfortunate bit of history but what really impressed me was the fortitude of the internees. They took a terrible situation that was forced on them and did the best they could with it. I think it's important to preserve sights like this so we don't forget the trials of those before us.

I would definitely recommend visiting this historic monument.

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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

If more Americans understood the consequences of unjust racial profiling during WWII we wouldn't have the political jingoism we have today.

1  Thank Paul D
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

Nice to learn about this place and the people who had to endure it. It has a really great memorial wall for all the people that had to be here.

1  Thank Lois S
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Reviewed 7 August 2016

The fact that this feels so out in the middle of nowhere already feels historically important. Its proxy visitor center is miles away in the town of Hagerman. There is an app with a map and detailed information on various significant spots on a self-guided tour of the area, but I found it difficult to match what I was looking at physically (mostly foundations of buildings that no longer exist) to what the map was pointing at. It is probably easier to follow the map at the site, wander around, and read whatever placards you come across, then read the app for more details after the fact. I hope that there are plans for further restoration and improvement. What exists currently is very basic but just enough to inform and generate curiosity. Warning for summer months - there is little shade, and it can get very hot - bring sun protection!

1  Thank Marilyn T
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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We missed seeing a visitor centre on site, it is yet to be built. It was really hot when we visited so bring sun protection and lots of water as it is remote if forecast is same, 96 the day we visited

Some original features remain and there are recreations of the guard towers and fences. The signage is helpful and there are audio presentations available. Washroom was a porta potti but it was clean and not unpleasant as I expected in the heat!

1  Thank Barb J
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