Tule Lake

Concentration Camp

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University of Washington diploma (ddr-densho-241-1)
doc University of Washington diploma (ddr-densho-241-1)
University of Washington diploma mailed to the graduate at Tule Lake
Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-2-33)
img Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-2-33)
View of the Tule Lake concentration camp barracks. A rock formation that the inmates called "Castle Rock" can be seen in the background. After obtaining permission to go through the gates, people could climb to the top of the formation.
Jewelry made in camp (ddr-densho-2-49)
img Jewelry made in camp (ddr-densho-2-49)
This corsage pin was made by Peggie Yorita, a Japanese American at the Tule Lake concentration camp. The flowers and leaves are composed of shells found at the camp. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed, where people found shells for making jewelry to sell to ...
Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-2)
img Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-2)
Pilgrimage attendees barracks located on the property of a local farmer. Castle Rock is in the background.
Memorial plaque (ddr-densho-11-11)
img Memorial plaque (ddr-densho-11-11)
This plaque was placed at the base of the cross on Castle Rock on October 2, 1982. The plaque honors Christian ministers who served the inmates at the Tule Lake concentration camp.
Camp worker's paycheck (ddr-densho-25-16)
doc Camp worker's paycheck (ddr-densho-25-16)
Mae Iseri was originally from Thomas, Washington, where her parents ran a small store and berry farm. After being held at the Pinedale Assembly Center in California, Mae was detained at the Tule Lake concentration camp, California, where she worked as a physical education teacher. This was her first paycheck, which she never cashed.
Coal-burning heater (ddr-densho-35-25)
img Coal-burning heater (ddr-densho-35-25)
The Tule Lake museum, located on the town's fairgrounds, contains artifacts from the Tule Lake concentration camp. Coal-burning heaters such as the one shown here were the primary source of heat for the camp inmates.
Artifacts (ddr-densho-35-41)
img Artifacts (ddr-densho-35-41)
The Tule Lake Museum, located on the local fairgrounds, houses a display of artifacts that belonged to Japanese Americans from the Tule Lake concentration camp.
Boiler-room foundation (?) (ddr-densho-35-20)
img Boiler-room foundation (?) (ddr-densho-35-20)
This is believed to be the foundation of an old boiler room. The barracks apartments did not have running water. If a Japanese American wanted water, he or she would have to go to a communal facility such as the washroom. The boiler heated the water for the washroom, shower, and laundry.
Monument (ddr-densho-35-2)
img Monument (ddr-densho-35-2)
In 1979, to commemorate the Tule Lake concentration camp, the Japanese American Citizens League and the California State Department of Parks and Recreation erected this monument, located outside the stockade area.
Board with apartment number (?) (ddr-densho-35-23)
img Board with apartment number (?) (ddr-densho-35-23)
The Tule Lake Museum, located on the town's fairgrounds, contains a display of artifacts from the Tule Lake concentration camp. This wooden marker is from a barracks apartment.
Artifacts (ddr-densho-35-24)
img Artifacts (ddr-densho-35-24)
The Tule Lake Museum, located on the local fairgrounds, houses a display of artifacts from the Tule Lake concentration camp. The chair was probably handcrafted by a camp inmate.
Japanese American carpenter building furniture (ddr-densho-37-358)
img Japanese American carpenter building furniture (ddr-densho-37-358)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Shinkichi Kiyono, 56, carpenter-evacuee from Longview, Washington, is shown using a carpenter's plane which he won as first prize in a furniture contest conducted among the evacuees of Japanese descent at this War Relocation Authority center.
Segregants' departure from camp (ddr-densho-37-195)
img Segregants' departure from camp (ddr-densho-37-195)
Original WRA caption: Another defiant "enemy alien" sent to Santa Fe Internment Camp June 24, 1945, refuses to leave jail and stockade and is escorted by patrolmen (border).
Hokoku Seinen Dan (ddr-densho-37-109)
img Hokoku Seinen Dan (ddr-densho-37-109)
Original WRA caption: Early morning drill of Hokoku Seinin Dan, Pro-Japan society. Note white head bands are part of "uniform."
Hoshidan member (ddr-densho-37-186)
img Hoshidan member (ddr-densho-37-186)
Original WRA caption: Shaved heads, but not shaved faces, were required of the Hokoku as is evidenced by this "alien enemy" sent to Santa Fe Internment Camp June 24, 1945 with 399 other pro-Japan agitators.
Hoshidan members leaving Tule Lake (ddr-densho-37-194)
img Hoshidan members leaving Tule Lake (ddr-densho-37-194)
Original WRA caption: The recalcitrants among the 400 sent to Santa Fe June 24, 1945, leave stockade, in various stages of dress, for march to train.
Farmer loading potatoes (ddr-densho-37-84)
img Farmer loading potatoes (ddr-densho-37-84)
Original WRA caption: An evacuee farmer ready to put a sack of newly dug potatoes on the truck at the farm at this relocation center.
Hoshidan members unloading mattresses (ddr-densho-37-111)
img Hoshidan members unloading mattresses (ddr-densho-37-111)
Original WRA caption: "Recalcitrant" Hokoku unload mattresses to form beds outside building but within stockade enclosure when 300 are held at stockade over night for questioning.
Processing a segregant (ddr-densho-37-276)
img Processing a segregant (ddr-densho-37-276)
Original WRA caption: Individual segregee folders [being] made up.
Winter in camp (ddr-densho-37-351)
img Winter in camp (ddr-densho-37-351)
Original WRA caption: A winter time scene looking east down the main fire break.
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