One of the nation’s largest enemy alien internment camps, Crystal City held as many as 3,000 Japanese, 1,000 Germans and a small number of Italians. Unlike most camps, it allowed families to join internees. From 1942 to 1948, it was a city behind barbed wire. The site includes building foundations, remnants of the swimming pool, and a monument erected by Japanese Americans in 1985 to mark this little-known story of Texas in World War II.
Free guide brochures are available next door to city hall at the Crystal City Memorial Public Library, 101 E. Dimmit St.
Crystal City Family Internment Camp