Article explores historic status of Heart Mountain

An article today in the Powell [WY] Tribune examines the possibility of the National Park Service managing the former WWII-era Heart Mountain Relocation Camp. The site has been preserved and documented for years by the private, non-profit Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation.

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The foundation is asking Wyoming’s Congressional delegation to authorize a special resource study that would recommend whether the site should become a National Historic Site managed by the National Park Service.

Foundation president Dave Reetz said the group isn’t necessarily advocating Park Service management; they just want to examine all the options.

A special resource study, he said, asks for a great deal of public input — from interested community members, to former internees, to present-day adjoining land owners.

“We would be remiss as an organization in not having this done,” he said….

The relocation camp was built on some 20,000 acres, 4,600 of that Bureau of Reclamation acreage. After the camp was dissolved in 1945, the majority of the property was transferred to private ownership.

Today, only 124 acres of the camp remain — 74 belonging to the Bureau of Reclamation. The remaining 50 acres — where [a] learning center (currently under construction) sits — are owned by the Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation.


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