Some of those interned at Amache managed to find work, educational or other opportunities outside the barbed wire of the camp. These individuals were listed in the Amache directories in 1943 and 1945, but were shown as living in other locations. These were nearby places such as the XY Ranch and more distant places such as Minneapolis, MN. In order to represent these individuals, several “places” have been created on the map to show the various places where they lived during the period of incarceration. (see below)
These off-site locations are shown on the map just above blocks 6E and 6F as pictured below. There is a bookmark in the Bookmarks panel on the right hand side with a link called Off-site internees. Click on the location markers and notice the many individuals who were registered as Amache internees but moved on to other places.
Also, try out the other bookmarks to quickly navigate to other bookmarked places on the map.
The Near Me widget is at the bottom of the Amache Camp Directory Map.
It shows people listed as living within a certain distance of a chosen point. The widget starts at 50 feet and displays everybody listed from 1943 and 1945 within that area. The size of the area can be changed, or the location can be re-selected. It can be useful to see who lived near a certain place within Amache.
Amache Internment Camp is located near Granada, Colorado. It is where over 10,000 Japanese-American citizens and persons of Japanese ancestry were forced to live from 1942-1945. It is also called Granada Relocation Center.
I have been mapping Amache Internment Camp since 2010 as a GIS specialist for the University of Denver Department of Anthropology. It is my good fortune to be working on this project still.
This weblog is intended to follow along with the long-term project of mapping this one square mile of earth where so much history took place. The basic map of Amache has been developed over the last few years. There are layers for things like roads, boundary, housing blocks, barracks and so forth. The challenge is to present this information in a way that makes it useful, accessible and honors the people who lived there.