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Official name: Granada Relocation Center
Location: Prowers County, Colorado; located 14 miles east of Lamar and 20 miles west of the Kansas border in the Arkansas River Valley
Land: Purchased from a private party
Size: 10,500 acres
Climate: Located on a hilltop at 3,500 foot elevation; arid and dusty, though not as severe as the Arizona camps
Origin of camp population: Mostly from Los Angeles (3,181), Sonoma (696), Yolo (666), Stanislaus (661), Sacramento (632), and Merced (449) Counties
Via "assembly centers": Most came from Merced (4,500) and Santa Anita (3,063) "Assembly Centers"
Rural/Urban:
Roughly equal split
Peak population: 7,318; Granada was the least populous of the camps Date of peak: February 1, 1943
Opening date: August 27, 1942
Closing date: October 15, 1945
Project director(s): James G. Lindley
Community analysts: E. Adamson Hoebel, John Ralph McFarling, John A. Rademaker
JERS fieldworkers: None
Newspaper(s): Granada Bulletin (October 14-24, 1942); Granada Pioneer (October 28, 1942-September 15, 1945)
Percent who answered question 28 of the loyalty questionnaire positively: 99.8; Granada had the highest "Yes" percentage of all camps
Number and percentage of eligible citizen males inducted directly into armed forces: 494 (9.9%); Granada had the highest percentage of eligible males inducted into the armed forces
Industry: Granada had a silk-screen poster shop that produced a quarter of a million posters for naval training
Miscellaneous characteristics: Though located in a farming area, the agricultural development of the camp was unimpressive. Granada was at one point plagued by a polio problem that caused the administration to cancel some activities and to stop issuing passes to the outside.
Image credit: Gift of the Nishizaki Family, Japanese American National Museum (94.194.2)

Camp Related Materials from the Japanese American National Museum

America's Concentration Concentration Camps sites on the Internet

Bibliography of Japanese Americans and America's Concentration Camps


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