Near Jerome in Jerome County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
The parched ground in front of you was once a swimming hole built and used by the internees to escape the dust, heat, and boredom of camp life. This popular spot measured 20 feet wide by 200 feet long, and 5 to 9 feet deep.
Two internee boys drowned in the dangerous North Side Canal in 1943. Camp residents soon built the safer swimming hole. Camp children learned to swim here. Adults enjoyed being near the water, one of the few camp landscape features to remind them of home.
Erected by Minidoka National Historic Site, National Park Service.
Location. 42° 40.649′ N, 114° 14.573′ W. Marker is near Jerome, Idaho, in Jerome County. Marker can be reached from Hunt Road near South 1450 East, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Supporting the Camp (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Censored Mail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Running a Camp (approx. 0.4 miles away); Honor Roll (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Question of Loyalty (approx. 0.4 miles away); Minidoka National Historic Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Minidoka Relocation Center (approx. 0.4 miles away); Soothing Waters (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jerome.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.