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.
We 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.