Japanese Internment Camp Monument

This Japanese Internment Camp Monument is in Poston, Arizona. There were three camps built here, the internees called them Roasten, Toastin and Dustin, because they were located in the desert.

The peak population of the Poston camps was over 17,000, mostly Southern Californians. A single fence surrounded all three camps, because it was considered pointless to have a guard tower since the camps were in the desert. IMG_2394

When I looked at the monument, I was struck with horror by what was done to American citizens. The Americans that transitioned into these camps from civilian life had to be strong individuals. The monument is to help people realize this should never be done again. I visited a concentration camp in Germany during the mid 1980’s. The same hope that people would never suffer this kind of pain again was there.


“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” — Elie Wiesel

Direction Tips:

The monument is right off the road going through Poston.

Roadside America- Japanese Internment Camp Monument


5 thoughts on “Japanese Internment Camp Monument

  1. This is a time in our history that we certainly aren’t proud of. We recently visited the Manzanar Internment Camp outside Lone Pine, CA. If you haven’t been there, it is most definitely worth a visit. I believe this is one of the best preserved camps. The original high school is still there and has been turned into an amazing VC full of photos, a video, and descriptions of the years the camp was in use. There are three reproduction buildings that give one a chance to feel how life was. Several of the beautiful rock gardens that were created have recently been uncovered. They are not to be missed! This camp was revidalized all do to one individual that was interned there who didn’t want this time to be forgotten. She began a foundation that raised the money to preserve this camp.

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