Minidoka National Historic Site

Overview

Minidoka Relocation Center was located in Jerome County, Idaho, 15 miles east of Jerome and 15 miles north of Twin Falls. Known locally as Hunt Camp, after the official Post Office designation for the area, since there was already a town of Minidoka in Idaho, 50 miles east.

Today there is a small gravel parking area, paths, and interpretative signs about the internment located at the stone guard house and waiting room beyond the Hunt Bridge. Also commemorated here are the Japanese Americans from the relocation center who died serving in the military during World War II. Nearly 1,000 from Minidoka served in the army; Minidoka had the largest casualty list of the ten relocation centers.

After the relocation center was closed a large number of the buildings were removed for various uses, including housing, migrant labor camps, meeting halls or for salvage value. The land was divided into small farms. Forty-three of these small farms were allotted in 1947 to World War II veterans, whose names were drawn in a lottery. In 1949 another 46 small farms were allotted. Each veteran also received two barracks. Therefore not much remains of the camp to help visitors understand the important story that happened there.

Minidoka National Historic Site does not offer any visitor services (other than the parking area, paths and interpretative signs) at the site. Minidoka is currently managed out of Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. There is a Minidoka display located at the visitor center that includes historic and modern pictures, information, literature and brochures.

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The Historic Site is located between the towns of Twin Falls and Jerome, Idaho in south central Idaho. There are no facilities or services at the site and the boundaries are not well marked. Many buildings and features that were part of the center are located on private property surrounding the Historic Site. To get to the Monument from the intersection of Interstate 84 (I-84) and U.S. Highway 93 (US 93): Travel north on US 93 for 5 miles to the Eden exit/turnoff. Travel east on Highway 25 for 9.5 miles to the Hunt Rd. exit. Travel east on Hunt Rd. for 2.2 miles to the small parking area on your right.