South of West Valley City about 120 miles is the town of Delta. Near Delta is the WW II era "Topaz Internment Camp" This is a dark page of U.S. history, an Executive Order (#9066) issued on March 27, 1942 caused 120,000 people of Asian decent, about 75,000 of which were American citizens, to be uprooted from their homes, jobs, and in many cases families and sent to "Relocation Camps". This was done without trial or hearing completely ignoring the rights of those 120,000 people.
About 8,000 of those people ended up in Topaz, Utah.
So that is our destination for the day; on the way there we see some folks unloading this machine ...maybe to do some skeet shooting?
It was a COLD ride, especially as we neared Eureka. Climbing the road to Eureka we could feel the temperature dropping fast. I think it had to be 20 degrees cooler in Eureka, than it was in Elberta!
Lots of old historic buildings there as well; under the canopy is the Porter Rockwell cabin. Porter Rockwell was known as Joseph Smith's bodyguard.
The Topaz Internment camp. The newer white signs are apparently an Eagle Scout Project and were placed recently.
Lots of artifacts laying around.
Pretty hard to imagine treating people the way our government did these innocent Asians during this era. Yes, America was outraged by the attack on Pearl Harbor, but cooler minds should have prevailed. I can only imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the liberal media and handwringing dems had anyone suggested we put U.S. muslims in camps after 9-11.
Sorry for the rant. 270 miles of COLD riding and we were done. You have to take what you can get in the winter.. Thanks to Will The Thrill for prodding me out the door!