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    The title was supposed to read "Internment Camps".

    After seeing Manzanar over a dozen times over the past 40 years, I figured I'd start seeing as many of the "Internment Camps" where Japanese Americans and Japanese citizens were imprisoned during WWII.

    Most are ghost towns, although the last one I visited (Tule Lake Segregation Center) is the town of Newell, CA. Some of the original buildings are still standing and are in use, but most were temporary and were demolished or moved long ago. Most of the remaining ones have been thoroughly remodeled.

    Here are some photos from earlier this month:

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    The memorial plaque is on the side of the road, and the building under the protective roof is the original camp jail.
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    Tule Lake is known to this day in the Japanese American community as where the "disloyal" people were sent. It's kind of a long story.
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    Manzanar is closest to my home, and it's the one I see the most often. Years ago there were only the stone guard houses standing as they had for decades, and the old gymnasium was tattered and being used to store the highway department's equipment.

    The old sign has been recreated.

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    The old gymnasium has been recreated into the visitor center.
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    Within the past few years replica barracks have been built.
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    A guard tower has also been reconstructed.
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    Manzanar is probably the most accessible camp site remaining. It's right next to US 395 between Lone Pine and Independence, CA.

    The Park Service has done a great job marking the remaining foundations and other sites (e.g. rock gardens) with signs and posting maps. This helped me a great deal in trying to envision what the camp looked like when it made Manzanar the biggest town in the Owens Valley. At one time its population exceeded 10,000.

    Tule Lake was the biggest of the camps in terms of population, and at one time it held 18,789 people.

    I'm interested in ghost towns mostly as relics of gold and silver booms, but I do find it interesting how our Federal government created what are now ghost towns.

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