This National Historic Site Is the Newest Addition to the U.S. National Park System



  • Courtesy of National Park Service
    Amache National Historic Site was one of 10 Japanese American internment camps in the United States during World War II.
    Spanning less than one square mile in southern Colorado, Amache National Historic Site contains the crumbling remains of barracks, latrines, mess halls, guard towers, and a cemetery. This spring, it became a national park site—the first such designation of the Biden Administration—in an effort to preserve and share its ignoble history with future generations.
    On February 19, 1942, during World War II, then-President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor to move all persons deemed a threat to national security to “relocation centers.” It resulted in more than 110,000 Japanese Americans being forcibly held in 10 internment camps, largely in the American west and southwest. One of those was Amache, then called Granada Relocation Center, which unjustly detained more than 10,000 Japanese Americans for almost three years.


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