Thursday, May 19, 2016

Manzanar Improved

We've been to Manzanar before, and I've written about it here and here.  Manzanar is is one of the ten camps in which 110,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans were incarcerated without due process after Pearl Harbor.  Of the total interned, about 2/3 were American born citizens.  We went back yesterday after hiking and discovered the Park Service is continuing to expand their collections.
The fire truck used to have to sit outside.  Now they have rebuilt the firehouse.

There were a lot of fires.  The barracks were built using tar paper, and when there was a fire, they burned quickly.

This is a barracks.  They've added furniture and more story boards about what life was like in the camp.

The other addition was the office of the Block Administrator.   The residents called him the Block Head.  It was a thankless task.  The administrator had to enforce the rules, keep the peace, settle disputes and  hand out toilet paper.  None of this was here the last time we visited.

If you're in the area, this is a must see.  The National Park Service has done an excellent job of restoring the area and explaining the times in which this could occur.


  1. They were working on a building when we were there in the fall. Must have been the new firehouse.

  2. Just last week, the NPS announced another $2.8M in grants "to fund educational programs, preservation projects, memorials, and exhibits. The grants will be used for projects that include a memorial to honor the 8,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned at the Tanforan Assembly Center, built on a former horse racing track in California;exhibitions about the Rohwer and Jerome camps in Arkansas;and the development of high school curriculum to teach students about the lesser-known Department of Justice camps, such as Fort Lincoln in North Dakota and Fort Stanton in New Mexico."

    1. This is excellent news. Thanks for this.