August 4, 2010
A new book by Priscilla Wegars, Imprisoned in Paradise: Japanese Internee Road Workers at Kooskia Internment Camp, traces the story of this almost forgotten camp. If you’re near Lowell, Idaho, you can attend one of the author’s book signings.
The KUOW radio story by correspondent Tom Banse begins:
When you drive through the Clearwater National Forest in Northern Idaho, you’re surrounded by deep, green forests and wild and scenic rivers. But if you drove through there 67 years ago, signs would have warned you not to stop. The woods hid a World War II Japanese internment camp. This week, archaeologists are wrapping up a dig at that now virtually forgotten site. A new book about this hidden history is titled “Imprisoned in Paradise.”