It's immediately apparent this aerial view is not Hood River. It is Camp Minidoka in Hunt, Idaho. Minidoka is one of the internment camps where Hood River valley residents of Japanese ancestry were placed during World War II. Can you imagine arriving at this walled compound in the middle of this barren wasteland, after living in Hood River?
What a sad time and a blotch on our own history. I do know some that were interred in this horrible place.
Do we know exactly where this was located?
charlott on 24th July 2014 @ 7:03am
Search google earth for Hunt Idaho. You'll see Hunt is but the small road intersection just above the left "W" of the handwritten WWII. What's left of the Camp is but a tiny fraction of what was there as shown in this photo. Interestingly, this same photo is attached in the google earth view with the following caption:
This was also in my dad's photo "shoe box". Thanks to my cousin Neil, we have identified this photo as an aerial view of the "Minidoka" Internment Camp, located in Hunt, ID, circa 1944. Dad and my Uncle Yutaka and Aunt Haru - along with my cousins - were o
There is another picture of one of the buildings. It may have house a hundred or so(?) folks. Then multiply that by the number of buildings shown here.
spinsur on 24th July 2014 @ 7:46am
Should have mentioned, rotate your google earth view, this photo is looking east.
spinsur on 24th July 2014 @ 7:56am
I know an Indian lady whose mother was from the Wasco tribe and her father was Japanese. She can remember her family living in an internment camp and she can remember her little brother being born there.
I often think about what it must have been like to confine her mother to this type of life.
I tell myself that I wasn't living during these times, so what seems so wrong now, maybe seemed more reasonable. Our west coast had been attacked in a series of feeble attempts.
I also wonder how I would have felt or what I would have done if I would have had Japanese neighbors who were U.S. citizens and watched them be loaded onto trains as Alva Day's photos depict.
It's easy to look back and make judgements.
l.e. on 24th July 2014 @ 8:09am
wish I had talked to my father more about these times. I do know that he regretted to his end of life what he was told to do as a HR County Deputy Sheriff during this time. He always maintained that those loyal to the Emperor left HR some six months before Pearl Harbor. I remember his telling me the process that he did when a Japanese boy would run afoul of the law.....he didn't arrest the kid, he went to the family head...the problem was solved. He had a lifetime respect for the Japanese families in HR both in how they lived and how they were able to farm.
But a real fear gripped the west coast.....guards were out protecting the railroad tunnels in HR county......
Yes, a very difficult time made more clear by the multiple excellent books written about the time that I really had no clue about (1941-1960) growing up in HR.
We sure need to continue the struggle to maintain citizen rights even today.....
Arlen Sheldrake on 24th July 2014 @ 9:23am