Friday, July 6, 2007
The City of Los Angeles purchased this land for its water rights in the 1920’s. From that point on, the water flowing out of the Sierras here was diverted to the LA aqueduct to quench the expanding population to the south. Despite summer temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, internees were forbidden from even wading in the water that ran through Manzanar. The LADWP has a reservoir just Northeast of the camp where internee crews built up the wall in February 1943. It is rife with cement inscriptions like the English, “I love myself, Tommy Miyaoka” and the Japanese “peace” and “Banzai, the Great Japanese Empire and Manzanar Black Dragon Group Headquarters”. Manzanar National Historic Site, California, May 2007.