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We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
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Monday, July 15, 2019

A Day of Touring Heart Mountain,Medicine Wheel and BigHorn Canyon

13 July 2019

It is going to be a long 250 mile journey touring Heart Mountain,Medicine Wheel and Big Horn Canyon traveling into Wyoming and back to Montana.

Our first stop was Heart Mountain in  Powell,Wy on 14-A. From a certain viewpoint on Hwy 114 you can see Heart Mountain and it does look like a heart shaped.

Heart Mountain


Photo in Museum of Camp

Camp Layout


Upon arrival we toured the museum and gallery and viewed the movie. More than 14,000 Japanese Americans were sent here during WW II. The movie, "All we could Carry" tells the story of what it was like in the camp through the words of former internees who were children at the time. Leaving friends,careers,possessions and property they could only bring what they could carry. By August of 1942 the WRA (War Relocation Authority) has constructed 10 such camps in remote and isolated areas of the USA housing more than 120,000 Japanese Americans. This particular facility was call "Heart Mountain Relocation Center". This area became Wyoming's 3rd largest city.

Museum and Gallery

One  Remaining Barracks

Boarding the Train Display

Barracks Living

Children in the Camp

All we Could Carry


Some of the Internees

Sleeping Area in Barracks

They endured wind, dust,cold,poor food and loss of privacy living in uninsulated barracks surrounded by guard towers and searchlights and barbed wire.

Eventually these problems were recognized and  soon Heart Mountain had a hospital, fire, police and judicial system, post office, water and sewage treatment facility, schools,recreation and agriculture programs.

During the three years of its operation, 556 babies were born,148 people died, 800 men and women served in the Armed Forces. The protestors who refused the draft were sent to federal prisons. When the facility closed in November of 1945, the internees were given a ticket and $25 to begin their lives away from camp.

 I highly recommend visiting if in the area. It is also very close to Cody,Wy. Also a link to John's website.

Heart Mountain Link

We then drove East on 14A to Medicine Wheel. The road up to the site was winding with a few turnouts for views. You can drive as far as the ranger hut, but then you must hike 1/1/2 miles to the actual site.At 10,000 elevation, John and I only got half way and started feeling dizzy and realizing it was not meant to be. Disappointed we could not make it to the site.

Road to Medicine Wheel


Another Viewpoint

Path to Medicine Wheel



View from Path

John Pondering the Hike

As Far as we Went

Another Photo

This is a sacred site for the Native Americans a place of communion with the Great Spirit and to obtain strong spiritual medicine believed to have been constructed between 1200 and 1700 AD and 80 ft in diameter.

On our return we decided to drive thru the BigHorn Canyon Recreation Area just off 14A near the town of Lovell on Hwy 37.

Part of the Canyon is in Wyoming and part in Montana. Only one way in and one way out with views off the Hwy. Wish we had known about the boat tour that operates tours at 10 and 2. Would have been awesome tour.

BigHorn Canyon Map

Got home around 700PM.

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