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World War II Internment Camp Excavated in Idaho

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

InternmentcampKOOSKIA, IDAHO—Porcelain, medicine bottles, dental tools, and artwork have been uncovered at the site of the little-known Kooskia Internment Camp in the mountains of northern Idaho. Some 250 men of Japanese ancestry, most of them recently arrived from Japan, were held in the camp from 1943 to the end of World War II. They were put to work building U.S. Highway 12 through the mountains. “To find stuff on the surface that has not been looted is rare,” added anthropologist Stacey Camp