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Manzanar National Historic Site

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Manzanar National Historic Site

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5001 Hwy. 395, Independence, CA 93526
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Wildwoodatheart wrote a review Sep 2020
Santa Rosa, California675 contributions240 helpful votes
This monument documents a very sad time in our country's history. During WWII, out of fear, we interned Japanese-American citizens in these concentration camps, just because of their heritage. They were AMERICANS, but this still happened. It really hit home with everything going on in our country right now. We walked around a bit. You can peek into a few of the re-created barracks. There is a driving tour, which gives you an idea of how big the installation was, and how many people were squeezed in here and denied their freedom. The most moving of all was the cemetery at the back of the property. Looking up and seeing the beautiful Sierras as the backdrop to the graves was sobering. Most Americans probably don't even know these places existed, or that this monument is here. But they should.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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7268 wrote a review Sep 2020
Oakland, California3,882 contributions744 helpful votes
An American concentration camp. Manzanar is a must-see for every American, yet it's one of those places that most people will probably never drive by. It's easy to spot off of the 395. Even if the visitor center andinformation center is closed, visit this place just to see it. There's plenty of research you can do online, you don't need a tour guide. Manzanar exemplifies a dark era in American history. If we forget, this will happen again.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Steve G wrote a review Aug 2020
Eugene, Oregon1,732 contributions168 helpful votes
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They are adding to this stop every time I come, took the drive tour, it looks like the have built/recreated some of the tar paper barracks that was here during the interment, sad part of our history
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Steve H wrote a review Apr 2020
Tacoma, Washington77 contributions12 helpful votes
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Visitor center is packed with lots of information, artifacts and audio/visual memories of this unfortunate time in US history. Spent 2.5 hours here but could have spent much more. Be sure to watch the film. Really good displays in the camp buildings: barracks, mess hall, latrine, classrooms. Be sure to walk/drive the perimeter road also. Beautiful memorial at the back of the camp.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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T4923BFchris wrote a review Feb 2020
Legian, Indonesia34 contributions3 helpful votes
Very informative, we had not really understood what had happened here , so was great to see the short movie at the info centre and walk around the exhibits .
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Date of experience: February 2020
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