Independence in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
A Community's Living Room
Manzanar National Historic Site
In just five months, internee carpenters transformed standard government blueprints into a community auditorium for more than 5,000 people still confined here in June 1944.
With a stage, locker rooms, and projection booth, the 14,000 sq. ft. building changed the way Manzanar gathered. Concerts, lectures, Japanese Americans cultural activities and physical education classes filled its calendar---and often its 1,280-seat capacity. Tickets for dances, talent shows, and movie nights were 5 cents for children, 25 cents for adults, 50 cents for camp staff and “everyone else.”
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
Location. 36° 43.674′ N, 118° 8.85′ W. Marker is in Independence, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on Manzanar Reward Road. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Manzanar (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weaving for the War (approx. 0.4 miles away); Legacy (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sacred Space (approx. 0.8 miles away); Alabama Gates (approx. 4.4 miles away); Kearsarge Station (approx. 5.7 miles away); Edwards House (approx. 5.9 miles away); Mary Austin’s Home (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
Categories. • Asian Americans • War, World II •
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