The Puyallup Assembly Center aka "Camp Harmony"

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. This order allowed the military to remove all Japanese and Japanese Americans from the West Coast and other designated areas.


Over 7500 Japanese and Japanese Americans were incarcerated behind barbed wire fencing on the Puyallup Fairgrounds, now known as the Washington State Fairgrounds.  The majority of the population was from Seattle, but people from Fife, Puyallup, Kapowsin, Eatonville, Snohomish, Sumner and, even Alaska were forced to live in horse stalls. This assembly center was open in April of 1942 and closed in September of 1942.


"Camp Harmony" was given this nickname after a Seattle PI photographer mentioned to his editor that the Japanese people were quiet and harmonious.  Thus, the nickname and it has remained all these years.