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“Please stop here to learn about strength of Japanese American Spirit!”

Manzanar National Historic Site
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Owner description: Manzanar NHS tells the stories of 120,000 Japanese Americans excluded from the West Coast and confined during WWII. Manzanar was the first of ten camps and held 11,070 people, 2/3 of them American citizens. Today, visitors explore the site by walking or driving to see foundations, trees, rock gardens, and stone alignments. Extensive exhibits feature historic photos, film footage and audio programs, a scale model, a children’s exhibit, and special programs. Open daily. Free admission.
Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

This National Park was opened in 2004, the driving tour and air conditioned museum are not to be missed! We were driving from Northern California to Southern California and noticed that this place is more than just a plaque by the side of the road. Most people are in such a hurry to get from here to there they do not take the time to stop. Please stop and give yourself at least an hour to two to view all this amazing historical spot has to offer. It was a very emotional stop for me, from the personal stories of those interned there and to the driving tour. Everyone should go there as a reminder to never let that happen again.

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We stopped off here on a driving vacation, had passed it many times but never had the time to stop off. It is well worth the visit, nice exhibits just a shame how most of the old bunkers had been sold off after the war but I guess they weren't thinking back then that it would be come a National Historic Site. You can follow the map on either a walking tour or driving tour, really unbelievable how large the facility was, would have been nice to have seen it completely restored.

1  Thank DiabloDeb
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Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

It was a wonderful National Park. Some of my family was interned at the camp... It was sad to read the stories. I

1  Thank Jacqueline926
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Mom and I found this site by accident. We stopped and spent about 4 hours there. There is a museum, book store, barracks, mess hall and driving tour. It was a most emotional stop. Be sure to see the 22 minute film. The ranger is most knowledgeable, having seen most of the dvds sold and read most of the books. The driving tour takes a while and many stops are available. The wind never stops and I wondered how people there during world war II survived. This national park is a real eye opener. I wish I could convey in mere words the effect this place had on myself and my Mom. Easy to find, hard to leave.

2  Thank Linda K
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

It seems like everyone is in such a hurry to get between Southern California and Mammoth Lakes. It doesn't hurt to stop by here to, if anything, use the bathroom or stretch your legs. Then, you can learn a little bit about history, and, if you're lucky, about yourself.

Up until 2004, there wasn't much at the site. Still, it was worth the stop. Now that the NPS built the interpretive center, it's a must see.

3  Thank Irvine_TSH
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