• Mt. Williamson and cemetery monument

    Manzanar

    National Historic Site California

Museums and Historic Interest

Eastern California Museum

Located in Independence, this museum displays exhibits and artifacts related to history of the area. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits on various topics related to the human experience.

 

Laws Railroad Museum and Historical Site

Fifty miles north of Manzanar, the community of Laws exists today only as it is preserved at the Railroad Museum. Tour historic buildings and railcars. Learn about the age of narrow gauge in the Owens Valley.

 

Bodie State Historic Park

Walk the deserted streets of one of America's best preserved ghost towns. About two and half hours north of Manzanar, this Historic Park was once a thriving gold mining town. It is now a unique slice of the American western landscape.

 

Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center and Museum

American Indians have inhabited this valley for thousands of years. Today, Paiute and Shoshone people call this area home. Learn about traditional lifeways and cultural elements of these historic valley residents.

 

Maturango Museum

Visit this museum of the cultural history, natural history, and geology of the Northern Mojave Desert. Contact them for details about their petroglyph tours.

Did You Know?

Map of Hawaii, 1927.

Hours after Pearl Harbor the Hawaiian territorial governor declared martial law. With the exception of about 2,000 people confined in Hawaii or on the mainland, Japanese Americans were not forcibly removed from the islands. They comprised one-third of the population and their labor was essential for the war effort.