North American Camps

This page shows WWII POW and Internment Camps in the U.S. and Canada. It is incomplete but actively being worked on. The blue markers are internment camps. The red markers are POW camps. Every state except Nevada, North Dakota, and Vermont had POW camps. Alaska and Hawaii were U.S. territories at the time, but they also had internment camps - both had few POW camps.

The POW camps that were located on military bases were considered main camps. There were far more branch camps that were located near work sites, where POWs labored. Some of these were Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps that were setup by the Roosevelt administration in the 1930s. This map does not yet distinguish between main and branch camps.

Help using Google Maps

The Full Screen control in the upper righthand corner of the Google Maps display expands the display to cover the entire computer screen. This full-screen feature is not available on Apple IOS devices like the iPad.

You can exit out of full screen by pressing the Escape key or clicking the control in the upper righthand corner of the display.

Map Satellite Labels

The Map/Satellite control in the upper lefthand corner of the screen lets you choose either the normal map view or the satellite view. The satellite view allows you to see the actual military facility when you zoom in. You can choose to turn Labels on or off. The labels are the names of places, businesses, cities, etc. that appear on the map. You can turn off the labels if they obstruct your view.

Map Satellite Terrain

When you select the Map view, you can turn on terrain features by clicking or touching the Terrain box. This will show things like mountain ranges, similar to looking at a relief map.

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You can zoom in and out in a few ways. The lower righthand corner of the Google Maps display has a plus sign and a minus sign that controls zooming. If you're using a mouse with a scroll wheel, the wheel controls zooming. If you're using an IOS device like an iPhone or iPad, double-tapping the display zooms in but tapping does not zoom out.

Most touch screen devices will zoom by pinching the display with two fingers.

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