Manzanar Relocation Center was one of ten places where Japanese Americans were interned while the U.S. was at war with Japan during World War II. It’s in the Owens Valley, in the shadow of the highest peaks in the Sierra Nevada — hot and dry in the summer, cold and dry in winter. The camp was operated from March 1942 to November 1945 with a peak population of about 10,000 internees.

One of the mess halls and a couple of dormitories have been reconstructed. Manzanar is now a National Historic Site, well worth a visit if you’re in Inyo County.