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The Deadly And Heartbreaking History Of This California Site Is Terrifying But True

Manazanar is the most famous and first Japanese internment camp in the US, and its history is a scar on our nation and state’s past. Between 1942 and 1945, 110,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated in this spot, which is located in the Owens Valley about 230 miles north of Los Angeles in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Have you visited Manzanar or other National Historic Sites like this in California?

Jill S.
Jill is a freelance writer from a small Northern California town and lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains. If you have an idea for an Only In Northern California story, email her at