Day 411: Hagerman Fossil Beds NM and Minidoka NHS

Today we visited Hageman, Idaho to visit the visitor center for Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument.  The Monument includes a portion of the Oregon Trail, so the visitor center had an Oregon Trail dress-up station:

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Hagerman Fossil Beds are of the Pliocene Epoch, so they’re quite recent, relatively speaking:

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The visitor center also houses an interim exhibit for Minidoka NHS.  Like Manzanar and Heart Mountain, both of which we’ve visited (here and here), Minidoka is one of ten sites in the US where nearly 11,000 Americans were imprisoned during World War II for being of Japanese descent:

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The kids completed workbooks and received Junior Ranger badges for Hagerman Fossil Beds NM and Minidoka NHS:

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Continuing North and West, we are overnighting at a gas station in John Day, Oregon.  See the trip map for driving details.

Day 410: Craters of the Moon National Monument
Day 412: John Day Fossil Beds NM

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