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Maricopa, Arizona: WWII Japanese Internment Camp

Blighted desert remains of Butte Camp, where Americans of Japanese descent were locked away in the early years of WWII. There's a small hilltop memorial, and the foundations of a few buildings.

3540 Indian Rte 24, Maricopa, AZ
I-10 exit 175. Turn southwest onto AZ-587/Old Hwy 93. Drive three miles (the last mile is dirt, as are all roads from this point). Turn right onto Indian Rte 24/Seed Farm Rd. Drive three miles. Turn right onto an unmarked road. Drive a quarter-mile. You'll see the memorial on the left, on top of a hill. Park and walk the rest of the way.
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Ruins of Internment Camp.

Butte Camp - Camp Rivers: WWII Japanese Relocation Camp

This historical monument is WWII relocation camp, or Japanese internment camp. From 1942-1944, Japanese people, primarily from California, were taken to to this camp. There is a memorial there, as well as the remnants of buildings and structures. Unfortunately, it is not protected. It is located outside of Maricopa Arizona, near the Volkswagen Proving grounds. The road is dirt and easy to navigate, up until the hill upon which the memorial is built. It can be hiked or walked up, though. The view is very nice from the top.

[Andrea, 08/15/2023]

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