Tulelake in Siskiyou County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
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.
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
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. Touch 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. Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 7.7 miles away); 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. 10½ miles away); Last Meeting of the Peace Commission (approx. 10½ miles away); Attack at Hospital Rock (approx. 10½ miles away); The Road to the Stronghold (approx. 10½ miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 Americans • Charity & Public Work • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.