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Manzanar National Historic Site
In eastern California, near Independence
A reminder of an ugly episode in U.S. history, the remains of the Manzanar War Relocation Center have been designated a Historic Site. Manzanar was one of 10 camps at which Japanese-American citizens and resident aliens were forcibly interned after the attack on Pearl Harbor, for the duration of World War II. In the process, most Japanese-Americans lost their homes and businesses. Located at the foot of the imposing Sierra Nevada in eastern California's Owens Valley, Manzanar is one of the best preserved of these camps. The camp auditorium is being restored, a guard tower is being reconstructed, and a mess hall has been returned to the site. An interpretive center is due to open in the auditorium in fall 2004. The site was authorized on March 3, 1992.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Auto touring, guided tours. Facilities: Visitor center due to open in fall 2004. Programs & Events: Guided tours (June-Aug.). Manzanar Pilgrimage (last Sat. in Apr., tel. 323/662-5102). Tips & Hints: Plan for a one- to two-hour walking tour of camp. Self-guided tour brochures available on site. Be prepared for strong winds and blowing dust at any time of year. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Busiest Apr.-Sept., least crowded Nov.-Feb.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: None in park. In Independence: Lower Graze Campground (Onion Valley Rd., tel. 877/444-6777; 17 sites; $11; pit toilets), Upper Graze Campground (Onion Valley Rd., tel. 877/444-6777; 35 sites; $11; pit toilets). Hotels: None at site. In Independence: Winnedumah Hotel Bed & Breakfast (211 N. Edwards St., tel. 760/ 878-2040; 24 rooms; $50-$80), Mt. Williamson Hotel (515 S. Edwards St., tel. 760/878-2121; 8 rooms; $49-$66). X Restaurants: None at site. In Lone Pine: Seasons Restaurant (206 S. Main St., tel. 760/876-8927; $10-$23). Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Independence: Austins General Store (130 S. Edwards St., tel. 760/878-2242), Mairs Market (149 S. Edwards St., tel. 760/878—2169).
FEES & HOURS
Free. Site open daily during daylight hours.
HOW TO GET THERE
12 mi north of Lone Pine, off U.S. 395, and 5 mi south of Independence. Closest airport: Bishop (40 mi), Lone Pine, Independence.
Manzanar National Historic Site (Box 426, Independence, A 93526-0426, tel. 760/878-2932, fax 760/878-2949,).
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