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Near Ralston in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Swimming Hole:

Recreation in Camp

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2015
1. Swimming Hole: Marker
Captions: (left) Top: Girl enjoying a swing at the playground, November 1943; Bottom: Boy Scouts at Heart Mountain; (top right) Children swimming at the swimming hole at Heart Mountain; (middle right) Football game at Heart Mountain. Jackrabbits vs. the All Stars, 1943.; (bottom right) Ice Skating.
Inscription. As you look through the site glass, you see the camp swimming hole. After an internee Boy Scout drowned while swimming in the canal during the summer of 1943, the Administration ordered a large pit excavated just below the canal. The pit was lined with gravel and filled with water, and it became the Heart Mountain swimming hole.
One of the main problems facing the Heart Mountain administrators was keeping the internees busy. Swimming, a popular summer activity, was supervised by lifeguards and swimming instructors.
During the long winter, ice skating was a popular sport new to most internees. Youth football, basketball and softball teams were organized. High school sports teams were allowed to become members of the Wyoming Athletic Association and competed against surrounding schools. Judo, Kendo, sumo wrestling, boxing and girl's volleyball, basketball and softball teams were also organized. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls troops were active. After camp restrictions were eased, they could hike up Heart Mountain, camp on the Shoshone River, a practice outdoor cooking and crafts. Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson of Cody, Wyoming and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, a former internee, met as Boy Scouts at Heart Mountain camp when the Cody troop came to visit the internee troop. The two Scouts formed
Swimming Hole: Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2015
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a lifelong friendship and served together in the United States Congress.
The internees also adopted many hobbies including painting, woodcarving, cabinetry, pottery, flower arranging, and needlework. They participated in camp sponsored plays, dances, and traditional arts such as poetry, writing, mandolin, and Noh drama. An internee musical group traveled about northern Wyoming to help raise money for war bonds. Two movie theaters, the Dawn and the Pagoda, were established in barracks recreation halls and films were shown on weekends.
 
Erected by Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation.
 
Location. 44° 40.191′ N, 108° 56.934′ 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, 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); Administrative Area: (within shouting distance of this marker); M.P. Station, Guard Tower, Rail & Train Station (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 High School: (within shouting distance of this marker); Hospital Complex: (within shouting distance of this marker); Heart Mountain Relocation Center Honor Roll and Flag Pole (within shouting distance of this marker). 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 Heart Mountain Relocation Center Memorial Park.
 
Additional keywords. Japanese American internment
 
Categories. Asian AmericansSportsWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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