Independence, California: Manzanar WWII Japanese Internment Camp

Remnants of the camp survive at the Manzanar National Historic Site, augmented with a museum and a gift shop.

Manzanar National Historic Site

US Hwy. 395, Independence, CA
Manzanar National Historic Site. US Hwy 395 (eastern Sierras), just south of the town Independence, CA. 5/2010: Easiest approach is from the north because of road construction.
Daily dawn-dusk. Interpretive Center Apr-Oct 9-5:30, Nov-Mar 9-4:30. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Manzanar WWII Japanese Internment Camp

It's hard to believe a place so beautiful could be the site of one of the most shameful moments of American history.

[Ami, 04/29/2019]

Japanese Internment Camp monument.

Manzanar WWII Japanese Internment Camp

See what fear can create and spend a little time respecting those who passed away far from home. The CA National Parks folks do a great job keeping the roads maintained and the area well marked.

[BGVWNUT, 08/10/2015]

Manzanar Exhibit.

Manzanar WWII Japanese Internment Camp

Well worth a stop. I'm glad this didn't happen again after the 9/11 attacks.

[Subachad, 11/19/2012]

Ansel Adams photo of the monument in the camp.

Manzanar WWII Japanese Internment Camp

A good place to stop and learn a little bit of WW2 history that is mostly glanced over in schools.

[Shelby, 06/29/2012]

Monument at Manzanar.

Manzanar WWII Japanese Internment Camp

They have located in Independence, CA, and moved what had once been one of the dining halls that once stood in this camp since my last visit there. This site is a prime example of the harm of racial profiling. It shouldn't have happened then and it should never happen in any form again.

[Roadlife, 05/02/2010]

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