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Willwood, Wyoming: Ruins: Japanese Internment Camp

Remnants of a Japanese-American Relocation Camp from World War II. Not much left, but there's an interpretive center and a camp memorial.

Road 19, Willwood, WY
US Hwy 14A either 14 miles northeast of Cody or 11 miles southwest of Powell. Turn northwest on Road 19, cross the railroad tracks, and the camp memorial will be ahead on the left. You'll see the red smokestack and some of the abandoned camp buildings.
Visitor center summer daily 10-4, winter W-Sa 10-4. Camp site any time. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Ruins: Japanese Internment Camp.

Ruins: Japanese Internment Camp

During World War II, American citizens were denied their constitutional rights and relocated in USA concentration camps. We spent about six hours at the interpretive center. Slowly walked the fields, did the walking tour, and tried to imagine the hardships and survival skills of these 10,000 Japanese Americans.

The center has purchased one of the former barracks (located in another state). It is being brought back to Heart Mountain to help continue the story of determination and survival struggle of those interred.

[C Stanley, 05/03/2016]

Internment camp remnant.

Ruins: Japanese Internment Camp

This site was designated as a National Historical Landmark in 2007. A great museum named the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center opened at the site on Aug. 20, 2011. I easily spent two hours here. Don't miss the walking tour after you see the museum. Drive up Road 19, park, and walk and see where some of the buildings stood when the camp was there.

[Connie Ticknor, 09/16/2012]

June 2014: Photo added.

Japanese Internment Camp

Heart Mountain, between Powell & Cody, WY. Heart Mountain was a camp created in WWII by the US for Asian-Americans, who were forced out of they're homes to live in the middle of no where. All that's left is a few buildings, barb wiring, a smoke stack and a brick pillar with a plaque explaining the events. The camp got its name from the heart-shaped mountain in the background. It's a sad little forgotten place visible from the freeway.

[Lizz Cummins, 07/30/2000]

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