I was reading the recent issue of Annals of Wyoming, the journal of the state historical society, and there was an article that somebody had written on cultural geography and Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Heart Mountain is the location outside of Cody Wyoming, where, during World War Two, there was an Internment Camp for Japanese Americans.
The article was on the relationship of Heart Mountain to the minds of various groups of people, and I wasn't wholly impressed. Like some academics, the author was overly impressed with the fact that locals put images of Heart Mountain on signs or name things after it. Well, so what? If you have a business you have to name it something, and a prominent local landscape feature is one of the more obvious choices. After all, you are unlikely to name a veterinary clinic in Cody something like "The Giant Florida Swamp Vet Clinic." I did find it interesting that the mountain was somewhat less mentioned by internees than you'd suspect, and that regional Indians didn't seem to mention it at all in their lore.
Anyhow, one of the things the author keeps bringing up again and again is that it featured in the photographs taken by post World War Two homesteaders. The article suffers from the author's apparent view that everyone knows that there were post wWII homesteaders in the area, even though the Homestead Acts were repealed in in the early 1930s.
Does anyone know the story of post WWII homesteading? I know that some lands were opened back up for returning veterans, sort of an agricultural GI Bill, but that's all I know.