• Frenquently Asked Questions


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    How many people were interned at Heart Mountain?

    A total of 14,025 people lived at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, making it the third largest city in Wyoming from 1942 to 1945. Five hundred fifty-six babies were born, 148 people died, over 800 men and women served in the Armed Forces while 85 protesters who believed drafting internees was unfair were charged with resisting the draft at Heart Mountain.


    What do the terms Issei, Nissei and Keibi mean?

    We call the first generation of immigrants to America Issei. The Nissei are the children of Issei, born in this country. Nissei were the first Japanese American citizens. Some second generation were sent back to Japan for schooling. We call them Kibei. Sansei are the children of Nissei, and Yonsei are the children of Sansei.


    Was there a Heart Mountain cemetery? What happened to it?

    While many families opted for cremation of their loved ones, there were some buried at Heart Mountain. Once permitted to leave the camp, bodies were sent home with their family members. Six unclaimed bodies were reburied in the Powell (WY) Cemetery.


    Is the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center part of the National Park System?

    The Heart Mountain Relocation Center site is designated as a National Historic Landmark Site. However, the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is managed entirely by the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, a private foundation. See Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation page



    How far is the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center from Yellowstone National Park?

    We are located 65 miles from the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park (entrance closest to Cody, WY) and 93 miles from the North East Gate (closest to Cooke City, MT). Drive time varies, but is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Center to the East Entrance and 2 hours from the Center to the NE Entrance.


    Are there any hotels in the area?

    The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is half-way between Cody and Powell, WY. Both cities have many accommodation options including Hotels, camping, and RV parks. Click here for suggestions.



    Are refreshments available for purchase at the Center?

    No. We do not offer food or drinks of any kind at the Center. Also, there is limited space for outside picnics. Please plan on eating in either Cody or Powell.


    Where is the trailhead for the Heart Mountain Hike?

    The trailhead for the Heart Mountain Hike is located approximately six miles from the Interpretive Center, off of Road 19. However, the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is not affiliated with the Heart Mountain Ranch or the Nature Conservancy of Wyoming, and does not organize or sponsor hikes to the summit of Heart Mountain. Please visit the Nature Conservancy website for more information about the Heart Mountain Hike.



    Is there free parking at the Interpretive Center?

    Yes. However there is no overnight parking at the Center.


    Do you have group rates?

    Group rates are available if arranged in advance. A group consists of 10 or more persons, and must be scheduled at least 24 hours ahead of your visit.


    Do you rent out your facilities for private functions?

    This can be arranged for times when we are not open to the public. Please contact us with more information about your event.



    I have an artifact that I would like to donate or would like more information about. Can you help me?

    YES! If you have an artifact that you believe is related to the Heart Mountain story, we want to know about it. Please call Bethany Sandvik at 307-754-8000, ext 101 to discuss your object and options.


    Is there a list of past Internees on your website?

    Due to privacy issues, we are unable to provide a complete list online. However, if you are looking for a specific person or family, we can look it up for you and send you a pdf. Call 307-754-8000 or click here . There is a full list of internees located at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center.



    Can I contact a past Internee for research?

    We have an active list of pen pals for school-aged children. If you are doing a school project and would like to interview someone, contact us and we will connect you.



    How can I do research at the Center?

    Visitation and research of the Heart Mountain archives can be arranged by special appointment. Please contact Bethany Sandvik at 307-754-8000, ext 101 for more information.


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