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From Manzanar to Minidoka…

Dear friends…  It looks like my journey has drawn to an end.  Not that I will ever cease looking into and thinking about this tragic chapter of American life. Not that I will ever forget the courageous responses of so many Americans who were…

Leaving Minidoka

My trip to Minidoka came to an end as I walked back through the site of the baseball diamond… The field was reconstructed by a team of volunteers, the work of the Friends of Minidoka. How many dreams had been launched on bleachers, watching…

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…

Restoration at Minidoka

Walking through the Minidoka site, one comes upon three buildings that reflect key aspects of life in the Minidoka WRA Camp.  The historic photo immediately below, hangs in the first of those buildings… This is a photo of the Minidoka fire house, as it…

Life at Minidoka

These historic photos capture life at Minidoka… In the midst of imprisonment without any legal recourse, these Americans strove to make do. I’ve selected these pictures because they depict a bit of what life was like. Every day life had to go on… and…

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…

Remnants

Remnant: a small remaining quantity of something.  I’m walking along the 1 1/2 mile path that the NPS built on the 400 acre site at Minidoka.  All along the path there are 4×4 posts driven into the ground, topped with small metal placards that…

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…

FDR…

Life has a way of jumping up to bite you when you least expect it.  It happened to me today because of my own carelessness.  The subject is President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). For many Americans (myself included), FDR remains one of the great…

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