Manzanar National Historic Site
Nine miles north of that land of fantasy and make believe is a reality that is so horrible it must be fiction, but it isn’t. A guard tower stands, menacing and watchful, on the side of the busy highway that links Southern California to Canada. The road is a physical expression of freedom, and thousands of citizens could only watch the cars drive by. They were imprisoned and locked behind bars solely because of their ethnicity. This is Manzanar War Relocation Center.