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Manzanar National Historic Site was established in 1992 to tell the stories of the relocation of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Manzanar War Relocation Center was the first of ten relocation centers built for Japanese Americans excluded from the West Coast. In operation from April 1942 through November 1945, the camp had a peak population of more than 10,000. Today, the National Park Service manages the 814-acre site. Additional information on the site is available at www.nps.gov/manz.


Manzanar National Historic Site is located along Hwy. 395 between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, CA, in the southern Owens Valley. The 814-acre site rests just east of Mount Williamson (14,375 feet), the second highest peak in the Sierra Nevada range. Temperatures range from 0 degrees F. in winter to over 100 degrees F. in summer. Extreme wind and dust storms are common. Limited groceries, gas, school, and churches are available in Independence, Lone Pine, and Big Pine, CA. Limited medical care is available in Lone Pine. Major shopping and other amenities are located in Bishop, CA, (45 miles north) and Ridgecrest, CA, (85 miles south). Rentals and real estate options are limited, but available in communities within a 40-mile radius.

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