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Manzanar - A Japanese American Internment Camp - WWII

Manzanar is one of 10 Internment Camps housing American citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II. These photos show what now remains in this bleak location.

10,046 internees were housed here, including 101 children who lived in an orphanage, known as the "Children's Village".

On March 3, 1992, Manzanar National Historic Site was established as a unit of the National Park Service to preserve the camp remains. To go on a 'virtual tour' of Manzanar, go to: http://www.nps.gov/manz/virtualtour/tour/

Located off US HWY 395 in the Owens Valley about 5 miles south of the town of Independence, CA (ironic,huh?)

"Ms Raff's History Classrom" - http://home.roadrunner.com/~raff/
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Many people traveling on this highway pass by Manzanar without knowing of its history or existence.  The irony is that the sign states that this 'Blue Star Highway' is A tribute to the Armed Forces that have defended the United States of America, while adjacent to it so many American citizens were prisoners of their own country.
"Blue Star Highway"

Many people traveling on this highway pass by Manzanar without knowing of its history or existence. The irony is that the sign states that this 'Blue Star Highway' is "A tribute to the Armed Forces that have defended the United States of America", while adjacent to it so many American citizens were prisoners of their own country.

Built by stonemason-internee Ryozo Kado,This guardhouse would have been the first thing seen by internees arriving at Manzanar.  It is one of the few buildings that still remain.
"Military Sentry Post"

Built by stonemason-internee Ryozo Kado,This guardhouse would have been the first thing seen by internees arriving at Manzanar. It is one of the few buildings that still remain.

Manzanar Entrance
Manzanar Entrance
The cemetery is in the back, and many people do not realize it is even there.  This panoramic view gives you an idea of the landscape.  The snow is still on the surrounding mountains, even though this photo was taken in May.
Manzanar Cemetery

The cemetery is in the back, and many people do not realize it is even there. This panoramic view gives you an idea of the landscape. The snow is still on the surrounding mountains, even though this photo was taken in May.

Although 143 internees died at Manzanar, only 15 are buried in this cemetery.  The others were buried in their hometowns. Note: the origami paper cranes on the fence and the memorial in the distance.
Another View of the Cemetery

Although 143 internees died at Manzanar, only 15 are buried in this cemetery. The others were buried in their hometowns. Note: the origami paper cranes on the fence and the memorial in the distance.

Manzanar Cemetery
Manzanar Cemetery
Text on this side of the memorial - August 1943
Memorial with Colorful Paper Cranes

Text on this side of the memorial - "August 1943"

Text on this side of the memorial says - Soul Consoling Tower and on the left erected by the Manzanar Japanese.
Memorial with Colorful Paper Cranes

Text on this side of the memorial says - "Soul Consoling Tower" and on the left "erected by the Manzanar Japanese".

Opened in October, 1942, and graduated classes in 1943, 1944, and 1945.  Its auditorium is being renovated by the National Park Service.
"Manzanar High School"

Opened in October, 1942, and graduated classes in 1943, 1944, and 1945. Its auditorium is being renovated by the National Park Service.

In the distance is the auditorium, which is now being renovated. It was built by internees in 1944, and housed a gymnasium and a stage for plays, graduation ceremonies, and other social functions.
Manzanar High School Auditorium

In the distance is the auditorium, which is now being renovated. It was built by internees in 1944, and housed a gymnasium and a stage for plays, graduation ceremonies, and other social functions.

Internees produced camouflage netting for the war effort!
"Camouflage Net Factory"

Internees produced camouflage netting for the war effort!

A Catholic church once stood at this site.  Manzanar, also, had 3 Buddhist temples.
"Catholic Church"

A Catholic church once stood at this site. Manzanar, also, had 3 Buddhist temples.

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