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Old 11-08-2011, 11:09 AM   #1
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Have You had cool GPS accidents?

Last week the missus and I were coming back from Ely, NV and were still looking for something "unusual" to go check out. She mentioned her dad had told her there was a WWII Japanese Concentration camp nearby around Delta, UT.(One of the great travesties in US history but given the mindset of the time.., well it sucked." So, we found the area..roughly on the state backroad/offroad map but no roads were named, listed, etc. Just a dot by a road. We headed off with the 430 Nav which, it was hilarious could only say "Headed Down Road". That was it. BUT, it did show a road. We knew we were with in a few square miles of the area and gridded off down the back roads and passed a sign in the sand that said "Guard Tower 3" Okay! Jackpot..still no clue exactly where we were. We were just eyeballing miles of sage prairie looking for anything artificial sticking up out of the sand and we had nada, zip, zilch. Only sign of anything was a power plant 5 miles away. Then I looked at the GPS and it was in map mode. We were sitting in a concentrated grid of streets. WTH? We were in the middle of the camp and didn't know it. Crossing ditches, etc we found the hospital, rec area, and finally the monument which was nicely done. It was a fitting tribute to our past, and to the Japanese volunteers who enlisted from the camp to go fight in the war, sometimes with appalling losses. We can learn lessons from going off the beaten path and finding things from our history by just pointing at the map and go.."Lets go check that out".
On a side note, the camp, of which were extensive pictures was nice. I dare say a lot nicer than a lot of people, just your average Joe family lived in, in 42'. They had a hospital, pool, recreational gym. It wasn't Auschwitz but rather a place to keep people of a foreign appearance (Forgive me for my fumbled lack of tactful explanation), away from the paranoid mass's of the time. Its not to be forgiven, but learned from. And a fun and educational lesson for the wife & kids and I.

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Old 11-08-2011, 11:16 AM   #2
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Wow very cool story. How did you know it was nearby?

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Old 11-08-2011, 12:26 PM   #3
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My wife's dad has lived here all his life and was aware of it. We try to make note of such things, given our proclivity to geneaology. Her family is descended from William H. Bonney. I have my own other particulars. In any event knowing its rough whereabouts we poured over the map of the locale and found the spot. Desolate as can be.
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