nationalparkgeek An important story of Japanese detention by the US government during WWII is told at Manzanar NHS this #smallparksaturday ••••••
Thanks to Sandra  @nationalparkpatchlady for sharing from this historic location. --------- The countdown of my favorite NPS sites I visited this year with #3 from the Western US: @manzanarnps ⠀⠀
A swirl of emotions  occur when you visit MANZ - anger, peace, beauty, frustration, and the dichotomy of understanding and not understanding all at the same time. Wow this place does a phenomenal job of telling the stories of the Japanese-Americans who were interned here during WWII. ⠀⠀
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One of the big takeaways for me: each internment camp contained people from a specific geographic region, so Manzanar interned people from the Los Angeles area. At this time in the 1940's, a common  occupation for Japanese-American men was landscaping (think Japanese gardens in Hollywood - they were all the rage!). When relocated to this basin in the Eastern Sierras, many realized that water flowed down the mountains into this alluvial plain. Taking advantage of this, many landscapers created beautiful parks, gardens, and koi ponds. The park has found over 30 so far and is currently excavating and restoring these artifacts.⠀⠀
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📍: Manzanar National Historical Site, CA⠀⠀
📅 : June 2017⠀⠀
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An important story of Japanese detention by the US government during WWII is told at Manzanar NHS this #smallparksaturday •••••• Thanks to Sandra @nationalparkpatchlady for sharing from this historic location. --------- The countdown of my favorite NPS sites I visited this year with #3 from the Western US: @manzanarnps ⠀⠀ A swirl of emotions occur when you visit MANZ - anger, peace, beauty, frustration, and the dichotomy of understanding and not understanding all at the same time. Wow this place does a phenomenal job of telling the stories of the Japanese-Americans who were interned here during WWII. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ One of the big takeaways for me: each internment camp contained people from a specific geographic region, so Manzanar interned people from the Los Angeles area. At this time in the 1940's, a common occupation for Japanese-American men was landscaping (think Japanese gardens in Hollywood - they were all the rage!). When relocated to this basin in the Eastern Sierras, many realized that water flowed down the mountains into this alluvial plain. Taking advantage of this, many landscapers created beautiful parks, gardens, and koi ponds. The park has found over 30 so far and is currently excavating and restoring these artifacts.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 📍: Manzanar National Historical Site, CA⠀⠀ 📅 : June 2017⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #nps #travel #explore #learn #nationalparkgeek .⠀⠀ -------- #nationalparkgeek #FYPyes #nps #nationalpark #nationalparks #americasbestidea #findyourpark #goparks #nationalparkfoundation #everykidinapark #nature #naturelovers #npca #nationalparktrust #protectourpubliclands #climatechangeisreal #historytold #manzanar

Comments (27)

aufgehts

aufgehts, 11 months ago

Can't believe I didn't know this had been made a historic site. Very good to know.

whistlingtrainfarm

whistlingtrainfarm, 11 months ago

Minidoka has a totally different, more desolate feel. I’m aiming to visit all of them.

gingerinthesun_photography

gingerinthesun_photography, 11 months ago

I went to Manazar in the 6th grade with my family (2003ish) while reading Farewell to Manazar in my class. Visiting these places is definitely an eye opener.

shamalamasheila

shamalamasheila, 11 months ago

This is on my bucket list.

debbrajdesigns

debbrajdesigns, 11 months ago

Fantastic museum and grounds, very well done. Been here a few times, even looked up a friends relatives in one of the rosters, the staff mailed us copies that I passed on to my friend. Great docets and staff there.

lindseylopezjohnson

lindseylopezjohnson, 11 months ago

@halo_haven

superkouz

superkouz, 11 months ago

Hauntingly beautiful. Share these stories do we do not repeat the past.

superkouz

superkouz, 11 months ago

Hauntingly beautiful. Share these stories do we do not repeat the past.

eternalshenanigans

eternalshenanigans, 11 months ago

@ernie_don the one I couldn't find

jaybirdandmissruby

jaybirdandmissruby, 11 months ago

@danikins when we go to Yosemite, we should go up via 395 see this and my Whitney.

danikins

danikins, 11 months ago

@jaybirdandmissruby whose Whitney! :) yes I'd like that

meeko_chopstick

meeko_chopstick, 11 months ago

@mistymosborne

majgensteveyp

majgensteveyp, 11 months ago

❤❤❤

chrisvstl

chrisvstl, 11 months ago

🙏

joycecrider

joycecrider, 11 months ago

Great picture, awesome history lesson. Need to read:On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

mrs.matuz

mrs.matuz, 11 months ago

@papabearclyde I've been wanting to take the kids to this place.

laura_elsenboss

laura_elsenboss, 11 months ago

Beautiful picture. I actually have been to this site - very moving.