WPR News
10:38 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Historic relocation camp gets grant for work

POWELL, Wyo. – Federal funds will be used to help stabilize a prominent structure at the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp in northern Wyoming.

Money provided by the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program will be used for work on the chimney on the camp's boiler house.

The building was built in 1942. Architects and engineers have said the chimney is in danger of collapsing. The project will include testing the stability of the chimney and soils. Construction is planned next summer.

A private, nonprofit foundation has been leading the effort to preserve and commemorate the site where more than 11,000 Japanese-Americans were held during World War II.