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Granada Relocation Camp, Foundation, 1997,panoramic photo collage, 23"x 31".

Research: Granada Relocation Camp

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.

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Size: 10,500 acres.

Climate: Located on a hilltop at 3,500 foot above sealevel, this camp was arid and dusty, though not as severe as the Arizona camps.

Peak population: 7,318; Granada was the least populated of the camps.

Date of peak: February 1, 1943.

Opening Date: August 27, 1942.

Closing Date: October 15, 1945.

Population origins: Of the 6,285 Americans interned here:

3,181 were from Los Angeles County, CA
696 were from Sonoma County, CA
666 were from Yolo County, CA
661 were from Stanislaus County, CA
632 were from Sacremento County, CA
449 were from Merced County, CA

Via "assembly centers": Most came from Merced (4,500) and Santa Anita (3,063) "Assembly Centers".

The population was generally of half urban and half rural origins.

Project director(s): James G. Lindley

Community Analysts: E. Adamson Hoebel, John Ralph McFarling, John A. Rademaker.

Newpaper(s): Granada Bulletin (October 14-24, 1942); Granada Pioneer (October 28, 1942, to September 15, 1945).

% who answered question 28 of the loyalty questionnaire positively: 99.8%

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.

History: 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.

Source: Japanese American History: An A to Z Reference, 1868 to the Present, by Brian Niiya. New York: Facts on File, 1993. This information is provided with the permission from the Japanese American National Museum and Brian Niiya, 1997.

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