Arcadia in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Santa Anita During World War II
Pursuant to Executive Order 9066 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, from March 30, 1942 until October 27, 1942 the facility was used as an assembly and processing center for approximately 20,000 Japanese Americans prior to their displacement to interment camps in other areas of the country.
From 1942 until 1945, the government utilized the property as an Army Base – Camp Santa Anita. It was the largest Army ordnance training center on the West Coast and more than 100,000 soldiers were trained there.
Racing resumed at Santa Anita on May 15, 1945, just after “VE” Day.
This plaque is placed at Santa Anita in remembrance of the events of that period in history by its dedication on this, the 15th day of May 2001.
Erected 2001. (Marker Number 934.)
Location. 34° 8.319′ N, 118° 2.778′ W. Marker is in Arcadia, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on West Huntington Drive. Touch for map. Marker is located near the grandstand. Marker is at or near this postal address: 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia CA 91007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Seabiscuit (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santa Anita Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Queen Anne Cottage (approx. half a mile away); Mount Wilson Trail (approx. 2.1 miles away); World’s Largest Blossoming Plant (approx. 2.3 miles away); Pacific Electric Railway (approx. 2.6 miles away); Camellia Japonica ‘California’ (approx. 3.9 miles away); Adams Pack Station (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arcadia.
More about this marker. This is California Historical Landmark 934, one of eleven temporary detention stations in the state with the same marker number.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Additional California temporary detention sites.
Also see . . . Camp Santa Anita. Located at the world-famous Santa Anita Racetrack, the Santa Anita Assembly Center was the longest occupied assembly center, used for 215 days, from March 27 to October 27. It was also the largest assembly center, housing a total of 19,348 persons from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Clara counties, with a maximum at one time of 18,719. Those interned lived in hastily constructed barracks and in existing stables, with 8,500 in converted (Submitted on February 18, 2012.)
Categories. • Asian Americans • Military • Sports • War, World II •
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