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DoJ and US Army Facilities
Confinement and Ethnicity:
An Overview of World War II
Japanese American Relocation Sites
by J. Burton, M. Farrell, F. Lord, and R. Lord
Chapter 16 (continued)
Pomona Assembly Center, California
The Los Angeles County Fairgrounds (Fairplex) was the site of the Pomona
Assembly Center. There is no historical marker at the site. Used from
May 7 to August 24, the assembly center held a total of 5,514 persons,
with a maximum population of 5,434 at one time.
Figure 16.19. 1942 aerial photograph of the Pomona Assembly Center.
(from DeWitt 1943)
Evacuees confined at Pomona were from Los Angeles,
San Francisco, and Santa Clara counties. Over 300 barracks were
constructed at the center, along with eight H-shaped buildings with
combined bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities (Figures 16.19 and
16.20). Four baseball fields are visible on the 1942 aerial
The grandstand and other fair buildings on the 1942
aerial photograph remain (Figure 16.21). The barracks area of the
assembly center is now used for the fair midway, other events, and
parking. Eight stable buildings are in the same location as on the
aerial photograph. Since they are constructed of metal and somewhat
modern looking, these may not be the same stables in use at the time of
the assembly center. Further, although evacuees were housed in stables
at Santa Anita and Tanforan, it is not clear if stables at other
assembly centers were used for housing, too. Currently people caring for
the horses live in small housing units at the ends of the stables.
Figure 16.20. Pomona Assembly Center.
Figure 16.21. Grandstand at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds (Fairplex) today.
Figure 16.23. Racetrack media tower at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds (Fairplex).
Figure 16.22. Barracks building at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds (Fairplex).
One current building at the fairgrounds looks like
those built by the military for the assembly center (Figure 16.22). The
20 foot by 100 foot building was likely moved to its present location
from elsewhere within the fairgrounds, since no building is shown in
this location on the 1942 aerial photograph. It appears to be only
slightly modified. Two towers near the Fairplex racetrack and stables do
not appear to be guard towers remaining from the assembly center use.
Their great height, small windows, and metal superstructure suggest that
if they were they have been greatly modified (Figure 16.23).