Near Ralston in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
M.P. Station, Guard Tower, Rail & Train Station
The U.S. Army 331st Escort Guard Company, consisting of 124 soldiers and three officers, guarded the relocation center until the end of 1944. Armed Military Police (MP's) patrolled the outer perimeter of the project and manned eight elevated guard towers located at regular intervals along the perimeter. The towers were equipped with high beam searchlights.
A ninth guard tower stood on a ridge northwest of the relocation center. Internees were not permitted outside the relocation center without a written permit. The MPs' checked all incoming and outgoing persons at the main gate.
The first internees arrived by rail on August 11, 1942, and by October the population of Heart Mountain surpassed 10,000. The train ride from California took an average of 4 days and 3 nights. For most of the
Erected by Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation.
Location. 44° 40.2′ N, 108° 56.909′ W. Marker is near Ralston, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from Road 19 near Lane 15, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1474 Road 19, Ralston WY 82440, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Agriculture and Root Cellars (a few steps from this marker); Swimming Hole: (within shouting distance of this marker); Administrative Area: (within shouting distance of this marker); Hospital Complex: (within shouting distance of this marker); Relocation Center Support Facilities (within shouting distance of this marker); Barracks Living Area: (within shouting distance of this marker); Heart Mountain, Wyoming - Fall 1943 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Heart Mountain High School: (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ralston.
More about this marker. Heart Mountain Relocation Camp is located off of the Powell Highway (U.S. Highway 14A) about 6 miles south of Ralston. This marker is located on the Setsuko Saito Higuchi Memorial Walking Tour near the Heart Mountain Relocation Center Memorial Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 1, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.