Monday, August 27, 2012

Manzanar National Historic Site and the Owens Valley

Manzanar National Historic Site
If you're traveling through the Owens Valley of California a nice little side trips is a stop at the Manzanar National Historic Site. During WW2 Manzanar was home to thousands of Japanese who were interned there for security reason.

Most of the Japanese were US citizens or legal immigrants loyal as any other person in the United States. After the attack on Pearl Harbor there was panic and these poor souls were caught up in the turmoil.

There is not too much left of the original camp except for the gymnasium and a couple of guard towers. Inside the gymnasium which is now the visitor center you can see artifacts, view movies and see some really amazing displays depicting life at the camp.

Manzanar National Historic Site is open every day from dawn to dusk. Currently, the interpretive center opens at 9:00 AM. The site is in a remote location, so plan to enjoy a meal and fill upon gas before you head out to the site.

Next time you journey along Highway 395 in the California Owens Valley be sure to check out the Manzanar National Historic Site you wont be dissapointed.

Read our full Manzanar National Historic Site article along with some wonderful pictures.