Colorado Internment Camp Gets $240K To Return Barrack

GRANADA, Colo. (AP) — A barrack building that once stood at an internment camp for Japanese-Americans in southeastern Colorado is being returned to the site.

A group dedicated to preserving the site’s history is getting a grant for just over $240,000 from the federal government to move the barrack back to what was officially called the Granada Relocation Center. It’s more commonly known as Camp (Ah-MACH’-ee) Amache.

More than 7,000 people — nearly all of them from California — lived there in such barracks during World War II, making it Colorado’s 10th largest city. The buildings were removed after the war.

The Interior Department said Thursday that the rehabilitated barrack will be put on one of the original foundations, near a guard tower and water tower that are being reconstructed.

Supporters must raise about $120,000 themselves.

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