Seven hundred Hood River residents of Japanese ancestry suffered evacuation and internment after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. On May 12, 2012 a plaque acknowledging the May 13, 1942 anniversary of their local deportation was installed at the Mt. Hood Railroad station in recognition of those families affected by the injustice. Ron Kaufman, MHRR general manager, invited those survivors present and their families, along with other community members, to board a 1912 train car, brought out to honor the occasion, and imagine the frightful journey into the unknown taken by families in 1942.
Members of the Hood River Japanese-American community who rode that original train were in attendance for the event, while board members of the History Museum of Hood River County conducted the ceremony to unveil the plaque, with a large crowd in attendance.