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Fort Missoula Barrack Building

 
 
Fort Missoula Barrack Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
1. Fort Missoula Barrack Building Marker
Captions: (lower left, 2 photos) "Inside the Italian Barrack," 1942; (top right) "Aerial View of Fort Missoula," 1941.
Inscription.  In 1941, Nick D. Collaer of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), was assigned to establish interment camps for Italians and German sailors at Fort Missoula and Fort Lincoln, North Dakota. When Collaer arrived at Fort Missoula, he found many structures in need of extensive repairs.
With over 1,000 Italian seamen en route to Fort Missoula, Collaer had to make quick work of updating the Fort to meet INS standards. Fort Missoula had many buildings that could be repurposed, so many of the earliest arrivals were housed in pre-existing buildings.
There was not nearly enough room for the number of men that would eventually be imprisoned at the Fort. By May of 1941 sixteen wood-framed barracks buildings, like this one, were shipped to the Fort. Another fourteen barracks were completed by August. Many of the early arriving Italians assisted in the construction of these buildings. Upon their arrival Japanese American internees were also moved into this style of barrack.
Following INS standards, these barracks held 40 to 60 men, giving each man 40 square feet of living space. The barracks were outfitted with military-style
Fort Missoula Barrack Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
2. Fort Missoula Barrack Building Marker
bunks.
This restored barrack building is original to the World War II Alien Detention Camp at Fort Missoula, but was moved from its original location to the museum's grounds.
 
Erected by Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.
 
Location. 46° 50.579′ N, 114° 3.567′ W. Marker is in Missoula, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker is on D Road near Fort Missoula Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1203 D Road, Missoula MT 59804, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Missoula Alien Detention Camp (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Missoula Alien Detention Camp (a few steps from this marker); Fort Missoula Post Headquarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); T-1 Post Headquarters (about 400 feet away); Post Headquarters (about 500 feet away); Fort Missoula Post Headquarters (T-2) Building (about 500 feet away); Parade Grounds (about 500 feet away); 1877 Fort Missoula Officers' Club (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Missoula.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the grounds of Fort Missoula near the renovated barrack building.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, World II
 
Fort Missoula Barrack Building, now the Fort Missoula Museum image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
3. Fort Missoula Barrack Building, now the Fort Missoula Museum
Barracks image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
4. Barracks
Fort Missoula Internment Camp
circa 1942 (moved to Museum 1995)
Donated by University of Montana, Missoula
Fort Missoula Barrack Building, now a museum image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
5. Fort Missoula Barrack Building, now a museum
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 12, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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