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Manzanar National Historic Site Review

A reminder of an ugly episode in U.S. history, the former Manzanar War Relocation Center is where some 10,000 Japanese-Americans were confined behind barbed-wire fences between 1942 and 1945. Today not much remains of Manzanar but a guard post, the auditorium, and some concrete foundations. But you can drive the one-way dirt road past the ruins to a small cemetery, where a monument stands. Signs mark where the barracks, a hospital, a school, and the fire station once stood. An outstanding 8,000-square-foot interpretive center has exhibits and screens a short film. This place has great bathrooms.

    Contact Information

  • Address: U.S. 395, 11 miles north of Lone Pine, CA 92328 | Map It
  • Phone: 760/878–2932
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Park daily dawn–dusk. Center Apr.–Nov., daily 9–5:30; Nov.–Apr., daily 9–4:30.
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  • Location: Manzanar National Historic Site
Updated: 11-18-2013

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