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

Tule Lake

May 1942 - March 1946

Tule Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, May 10, 2008
1. Tule Lake Marker
Inscription.  Tule Lake was one of ten American concentration camps established during World War II to incarcerate 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, of whom the majority were American citizens. Behind barbed wire and guard towers without charge, trial or establishment of guilt, these camps are reminders of how racism, economic and political exploitation and expediency can undermine the constitutional guarantees of United States citizens and aliens alike. May the injustices and humiliation suffered here never recur. California Registered Historical Landmark No. 850-2
Erected 1979 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Northern California-Western Nevada District Council, Japanese American Citizens League May 27, 1979. (Marker Number 850-2.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists.
Location. 41° 53.12′ N, 121° 22.493′ 
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W. Marker is near Newell, California, in Modoc County. Marker is at the intersection of Emigrant Trails Scenic Byway (Route 139) and County Road 176, on the right when traveling north on Emigrant Trails Scenic Byway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tulelake CA 96134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tule Lake Segregation Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Dry Lake Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Canby’s Cross (approx. 0.6 miles away); Captain Jack’s Stronghold (approx. 0.6 miles away); Warm Springs Indians (approx. 0.7 miles away); Petroglyph Point (approx. 3 miles away); Raptors - Birds of Prey (approx. 3 miles away); Applegate Trail - Bloody Point (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newell.
Regarding Tule Lake. This site was placed on the National Register of Historical Places on February 17, 2006

This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 850-2 on
January 20, 1972

Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Additional Relocation Sites
Additional commentary.
1. Tule Lake has been designated as a National Historic Landmark
Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 17,
Tule Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2008
2. Tule Lake Marker

Tule Lake was the largest and longest-lived of the ten camps built by the civilian War Relocation Authority (WRA) to house Japanese Americans relocated from the west coast of the United States under the terms of Executive Order 9066. In 1943, Tule Lake was converted to a maximum security segregation center for evacuees from all the relocation centers whom the WRA had identified as "disloyal." Consequently, it had the most guard towers, the largest number of military police, eight tanks, and its own jail and stockade. In spite of the high security, the center continued to be plagued by conflict; in November 1943, Tule Lake was taken over by the army and continued under martial law until January 1944. Protests from the Japanese government and from the California Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union eventually led to the release of all prisoners held in the stockade.
    — Submitted October 19, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

Additional keywords. Japanese Americans
Tule Lake Detention Center image. Click for more information.
Historic American Buildings Survey (LOC)
3. Tule Lake Detention Center
Building in setting; view to northeast through Stockade fence from State Highway 139; State Historical Landmark plaque in foreground, Stockade main gate in middle ground, jail in background.
Statement of Significance:
The jail at the Tule Lake Project was part of the Stockade, or Area B, a detention center established by the U.S. Army in late 1943 following a series of altercations between Japanese-American "evacuees" and staff of the War Relocation Authority. The Tule Lake Project is listed as California Historical Landmark No. 850-2.

Building/structure dates: 1944 initial construction.
Building/structure dates: 1946 subsequent work.

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,091 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   3. submitted on April 16, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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