Heart Mountain WWII Japanese American Confinement Site

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Interpretive Center
Sign about the Camp
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Hospital Boiler House
Interpretive Sign
Historic photo of Heart Mountain
Heart Mountain Memorial
Heart Mountain from the camp

The Heart Mountain WWII Japanese American Confinement Site marks the original spot of the "Heart Mountain Relocation Camp" built during WWII. Today, it features a museum, war memorial, walking tour and original camp structures. It was built to house Japanese Americans from the West Coast shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The site gained National Historic Landmark status in 2007.

Now, the site features the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, where visitors can take an in-depth look at the history and legacy of the 14,000 internees who were relocated to Heart Mountain following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Center features interactive exhibits, artifacts, authentically replicated barracks rooms, a memorial garden and an introductory film produced by Oscar-winning documentary director Steven Okazaki titled "All We Could Carry." 

In addition, there is a WWII Memorial and a self-guided interpretive walking tour to explore. Also, get a peek at original historic buildings from the camp's hospital complex. You’ll be able to see first-hand what’s changed — and what hasn’t — since the 1940s when the camp was opened. The camp confined 14,000 Japanese Americans between August of 1942 and November of 1945. At the time of operation, it was the third largest "city" in Wyoming.

The site is managed by the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, a nonprofit committed to preserving and memorializing the site for future generations. 

To get there, head northeast from Cody 14 miles on Highway 14A to Road 19.