“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tulelake in Siskiyou County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Camp Tulelake

Camp Tulelake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2015
1. Camp Tulelake Marker
Captions: (top left) These buildings are the remains of a camp that served many purposes over the years; (top right) Remaining buildings are shaded on this simplified diagram of the original CCC layout; (bottom row, left to right) CCC workers on Hill Road; Camp Tulelake in 1940; Arrival at the nearby Tule Lake Segregation Center in Newell; POWs at work near the dump.
Civilian Conservation Corps

This camp was built and staffed by the CCC, an organization that was established during the Great Depression by President Franklin Roosevelt to reduce unemployment and to preserve the nation's natural resources.
CCC workers took on many local projects, including building new headquarters and a stone overlook for Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, reconstructing the Clear Lake Dam, and constructing canals, dikes, roads, and rock walls.

Japanese Americans

For several months in 1943, over 100 "disloyal" Japanese Americas were separated from the interment center at Newell and were housed at Camp Tulelake.
Internees cleaned up the camp's buildings and grounds, installed new windows, and repaired electrical fixtures and plumbing.
During this time many Japanese Americans also worked at the Wildlife Refuge headquarters, maintaining the landscape and buildings.

Italian & German POWs

Several months after the Japanese Americans were moved from the buildings, the camp came to life again as housing for Italian and German prisoners of war.
The Tulelake Growers Association requested that POWs help local famers harvest crops, in order
Camp Tulelake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2015
2. Camp Tulelake Marker
Only four of the original buildings remain.
to offset the critical shortage of field labor during World War II.
In May of 1944, 150 Italian prisoners converted the camp into a full-blown POW camp that held up to 800 German prisoners between June 1944 and the end of the war.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 41° 58.146′ N, 121° 33.936′ W. Marker is in Tulelake, California, in Siskiyou County. Marker is on Hill Road near East West Rod, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2604 Hill Road, Tulelake CA 96134, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Attracted to Water (approx. 10 miles away); War in the Lava Beds (approx. 10 miles away); Modoc War Casualties (approx. 10 miles away); Canby Cross (approx. 10.5 miles away); Last Meeting of the Peace Commission (approx. 10.5 miles away); Attack at Hospital Rock (approx. 10.5 miles away); The Road to the Stronghold (approx. 10.5 miles away); Lava Fortress (approx. 10.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tulelake.
Also see . . .  Camp Tulelake. Not to be confused with Tule Lake War Relocation Center... With so many local farmers and workers participating in the military during World War II, the Tulelake Growers Association petitioned the US Government for prisoners of war to help with the harvest. In May 1944 the federal government sent 150 Italian POWs to the area. US officials converted Camp Tulelake to accommodate additional German POWs who were transferred from Camp White (near Medford, Oregon) the following month. (Submitted on September 1, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. Asian AmericansCharity & Public WorkWar, World II
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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