Manzanar National Historic
During World War II, thousands of American citizens
of Japanese descent having committed no crime
apart having Japanese ancestry were detained
at camps across the country. This camp housed up to
10,000 people until it was closed in 1954. It's on Highway
395, about five miles south of Independence look
for the two aged entrance monuments to the site on the
west side of the highway. The new Interpretive Center
opened in April, 2004. Manzanar is a bleak, dry place
as uninviting as it must have been for the relocated
families during WWII.
Located to the west of Hwy 395; take the Portal road.
Strange, almost alien rock formations rise from the
valley floor. Great walking, hiking, and neat dirt roads
to drive down. Hollywood films a lot of Western movies