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Japanese Relocation Camps - Camp Rivers, AZ
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Gila River

Japanese Relocation Camps - Camp Rivers, AZ:
[PERMIT REQUIRED!  Do not visit these sites without permission from the Gila Indian Reservation.]
Two B-25s crashed 14 minutes apart just east of these internment camps, and witnesses from these camps are mentioned in the B-25 crash reports.  We visited the Japanese camps before we went and looked for one of the B-25 crash sites.
I highly recommend visiting these camp remains.   It is a sad chapter in American history and gives good cause for reflection.
The cement foundations of all the camp buildings are present, and many garden perimeters and cement pads with prisoner initials and dates carved in them.
W
e found numerous camp items including toys, marbles, a lot of broken Japanese porcelain, a spoon marked “U.S.”, shoe parts, etc.
There is a wonderful memorial arch built out there as well.

There are two camps.  Rivers and Canal Camp.  They are very close together.


CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona
Memorial at the camp
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona
Memorial on the hill
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona, canal camp
Canal Camp monument
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona, canal camp
A barren place
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona, canal camp
A lot of artifacts found among the old foundations
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona, canal camp
Foundation of a large structure
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona, canal camp
Gardens
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona, canal camp
More foundations
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona, canal camp
Canal Camp monument
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona, canal camp
Wide view of how the camps looked
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona, canal camp
Water tank at the top of the hill
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona, canal camp
Writing left in the concrete
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona, canal camp
Camp foundations
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMPS, arizona, canal camp
A well pipe?
Japanese location camps, arizona
Bakelite doll - a child's toy found at the camp
CAMP RIVERS/CAMP BUTTE, japanese relocation camps, arizona japanese relocation camps
Government Issue silverware
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