Updating Plans To Preserve Camp Amache In Southeastern Colorado

August 23, 2021
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The Camp Amache site near Granada in southeast Colorado. During World War II, more than 7,000 Japanese-Americans and non-citizen Japanese were relocated from the West Coast and incarcerated at Amache, also known as the Granada Relocation Center. A memorial site, the gravel road grid, a few restored barracks and a water tank and guard tower are all that remain of the site on the dry high plains. The U.S. House has passed a bill that would make Camp Amache, part of the National Park System.

In southeastern Colorado, there are the remains of a dark chapter in American history. Some 7,000 Japanese-Americans were forcibly imprisoned at Camp Amache, officially called the Granada Relocation Center. Listener Bob Harada asked about efforts to preserve the camp by making it part of the national parks system. CPR's Washington, D.C. reporter Caitlyn Kim has an update on where things stand.