Tuesday, August 23, 2011


In Tulelake there is a National Park Headquarters for WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument. If I am not mistaken this is the only place for this stamp that is not located in Hawaii. The most notable site in Hawaii is the USS Arizona Memorial.

During WWII, Executive Order 9066 essentially ordered our military to gather up 120,000 of our citizens to be concentrated in 1 of 10 camps based on their ancestry. It was a black and bleak spot on our history.

There was 2 sites in the Tulelake area. The first one was a CCC camp called Camp Tulelake that housed and imprisoned those Japanese citizens that refused to answer 2 questionn or answered the 2 questions in the negative. It became known as the NO NO Camp. Location of this site is N41 58.161 W121 33.931 or Hill Rd. It is about 1.7 miles from the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge VC.

The second site was the Tule Lake War Relocation Center located in Newell, CA. Visually there is nothing really to see at this site, it is historical siginificance of the site that is important. It is located at N41 53.122 W121 22.477. It is located on CA139 neat the airport and marked with a historical marker.

Of the 10 camps established during WWII, Tulelake Relocation Center was the largest and most controversial. It DID NOT close until after WWII had ended.

Our first visit to one of these camps was out in the middle of Arkansas. Our first blog entry can be found at ROHWER

More info on Tulelake can be found at WIKIPEDIA or TULELAKE.ORG

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