Independence in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Weaving for the War
Manzanar National Historic Site
The three 18í tall sheds built on these long slabs soon became a flash point for discontent over wages and friction between citizens and non-citizens that spread throughout the camp. The work proved hazardous, too, with internees enduring long hours of breathing fine lint and contact with harsh dyes.
The net factory closed after the Manzanar Riot in December 1942 and the sheds were converted to other uses. To your left, a mattress factory produced 4,020 mattresses for the camp before fire destroyed it in 1943.
(Inscription under the photo in the upper right:)
Manzanar became nearly self-sufficient by 1944 due to its agriculture and industries, ranging from shoe and typewriter repair to soy sauce and tofu processing. A clothing factory produced uniforms and work clothes for the campís nurses, mess hall workers, and policemen, while a furniture factory built
(Quote at the bottom right:)
Our pay was $16 a month and we certainly earned it as we took pride in our work. Interestingly, after I finished college many years later, I became a weaver. It might have been because I enjoyed weaving the camouflage nets.” –Momo Nagano
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
Location. 36° 43.362′ N, 118° 8.988′ W. Marker is in Independence, California, in Inyo County. Marker can be reached from Unnamed Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5001 Highway 395 (Entrance to the Site), Independence CA 93526, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Manzanar (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Community's Living Room (approx. 0.4 miles away); Legacy (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sacred Space (approx. ĺ mile away); Alabama Gates (approx. 4.2 miles away); Kearsarge Station (approx. 6.1 miles away); Edwards House (approx. 6.2 miles away); Mary Austinís Home (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
Categories. • Asian Americans • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 466 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 2, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.