One Camp, Ten Thousand Lives; One Camp, Ten Thousand Stories In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. Hours: dawn to dusk

I think it is important to experience the history of this place. Very thought-provoking and invokes wrenching emotions. The visitor center has great displays and a compelling documentary in their theater. Walking the site gives you a better impression, but a lot of the beauty has been lost (the gardens and parks). What cannot be taken away is the amazing views of the mountains on either side. The walk is easy - this is not as much about a hike as it is experiencing history.

Very nice visitors center capturing the essence of the lives of the people "detained" during WWII and their perseverance in unimaginable conditions.

During our visit, we met a gentleman who was "interned" at age six in the Tule Lake Relocation Center, one of ten camps created. He spoke of the living conditions and even though these re-constructed barracks were good, he pointed out many discrepancies from reality. Mostly things were more rustic than depicted. But this place is eerie, you can "feel" the anxious energy of the people interned. A must see!

Moving and important historic in the Owens valley of California. This is one of the relocation sites for Japanese Americans interned by the US following Pearl Harbor. The exhibits are excellent and getting better as they continue to develop this historic site.

scenic driving
Monday, November 07, 2011

Sad part of our history. The visitor center has tons of information. I liked to look at all the old dry ponds that were in the gardens.