Kooskia Internment Camp

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Kooskia Idaho Internment Camp During WWII
Kooskia Internment Camp is located in United States
Kooskia Internment Camp
Kooskia Internment Camp
Location in the United States

The Kooskia Internment Camp is a former internment camp in north central Idaho, located about 30 miles (50 km) northeast of Kooskia (pronounced kōō′·skē) in northern Idaho County. It operated during the final two years of World War II.

Originally a remote highway work camp of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, it was later run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and then converted in 1943 to house interned Japanese men, most of whom were longtime U.S. residents, but not citizens, branded "enemy aliens."[1] So remote was the camp in the western Bitterroot Mountains, fences and guard towers were unnecessary. It was run by the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the U.S. Department of Justice.[2]

A current archaeological project of the University of Idaho,[3][4] the site is 6 miles (10 km) northeast of Lowell on U.S. 12, on the north bank of the Lochsa River[5][6] at an approximate elevation of 1,600 feet (490 m) above sea level. The two-lane highway was completed in 1962, connecting to Montana at Lolo Pass at 5,233 feet (1,595 m) and eastward to Missoula.[7][8]


  1. ^ Wegars, Priscilla. "Kooskia," Densho Encyclopedia (accessed 28 Apr 2014).
  2. ^ Emert, Donna (February 14, 2011). "Imprisoned in Paradise: Digging into Kooskia’s Past Unearths a Timeless Lesson". University of Idaho. UI News. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Wegars, Priscilla. "Asian American Comparative Collection: The Kooskia Internment Camp Project". University of Idaho. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kooskia Internment Camp Scrapbook". University of Idaho. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ Geranios, Nicholas K. (July 27, 2013). "Researchers uncover little-known internment camp". Yahoo! News. Associated Press. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ Banse, Tom (August 5, 2010). "Archaeologists Resurrect Nearly Forgotten WWII Internment Camp". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Leaders arrive for L-C Highway dedication". Lewiston Morning Tribune. August 19, 1962. p. 1. 
  8. ^ Campbell, Thomas W. (August 20, 1962). "Thousands witness L-C Highway dedication". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1. 

Coordinates: 46°12′36″N 115°32′35″W / 46.21°N 115.543°W / 46.21; -115.543