• Mt. Williamson and cemetery monument


    National Historic Site California

One Camp, Ten Thousand Lives; One Camp, Ten Thousand Stories

In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II.

Did You Know?

Irrigation. Photo courtesy of Eastern California Museum.

The Owens Valley Paiute practiced irrigation for centuries in the Manzanar area. Early settlers adapted the same irrigation methods when they inhabited the land.