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This Spooky Small Town In Idaho Could Be Right Out Of A Horror Movie

Here at OnlyInYourState, we’ve covered a number of Idaho’s historic ghost towns and ruins, but today, our topic is a little more humbling.

In February 1942, then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved an executive order that moved nearly 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans into ten isolated relocation centers across the west. Here in the Gem State, Hunt Camp in Southern Idaho still stands as an eerie reminder of this troubling period in U.S. and Idaho history. Tucked away in the middle of Idaho’s most haunting desert landscape, temporary ramshackle barracks, guard towers, and barbed-wire fences were put in place to house thousands of Japanese and Japanese-Americans.

This is the story of one of those centers: Minidoka.

While every ghost town has its history, this former internment camp has a special history that deserves to be remembered and preserved. Do you have any stories to share about this historic site?

Jennifer
Super-rad musician, scholar, and cat enthusiast who digs Idaho sunsets and spontaneous nature walks. When not basking in Idaho's awesomeness for Only In Your State, you can find me lovingly concocting environmental goodness at TheBlueReview.org.