Category: Agriculture

Homesteading Minidoka

When WWII ended and the 10 WRA Camps closed, the federal government awarded part of the land for farming to returning WWII Veterans (in 90 to 120 acre plots, along with two barracks buildings).  At Minidoka, the government allotted 89 farming units for a…

Farming at Minidoka

Something close to 1,000 acres were farmed at Minidoka by Japanese American prisoners.  First, they had to convert the land from dry sage brush to irrigated agriculture.  While the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had put in the Milner-Gooding Canal to provide water to the…

Minidoka: First Look

It is fitting that this guard tower is the first thing you see when driving up to the site of the former Minidoka WRA Camp.  It is located right off the road, near the location of the main gate.  It is a replica.  Now…

Visiting Minidoka and Heart Mountain

Going to Minidoka and Heart Mountain, there are so many things to take in.  Given the racially charged rhetoric and policies of our current Presidential administration, it is a disquieting time to examine the vestiges of another racially charged Presidential policy.  It reminds me…

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