Carrington was founded in 1882 to accommodate arrival of the Northern Pacific (NP) Railway. From 1910 to 1930 the town was known as a destination for automobile tourism, particularly for the elaborately landscaped Rainbow Gardens Tourist Park. Harry T. Hayashi, a Japanese American immigrant, developed the park and related tourist motel. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Hayashi was taken into federal custody and held at the Fort Lincoln internment camp near Bismarck. Although he returned to the gardens in 1945, deteriorating health forced him to sell. The garden burned in 1953 and was demolished in 1972 to make room for twenty-four units of low-cost housing.
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