November 28, 2011

Scrapwood Playground At Tule Lake Internment Camp

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In WWII, Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from the west coast, stripped of basically everything they couldn't carry, and imprisoned in inland internment camps, rows of tarpaper barracks in the desert surrounded by barbed wire fences and guard towers.

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Everything else, they had to build themselves. Here are a couple of photos from the War Relocation Authority collection at the National Archives of the preschool playground at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in Newell, CA.

Looks like they had better scrapwood at Tule Lake than at Topaz Mountain in Utah. Or maybe better carpenters. Still, I'd add that unfinished wood slide to the list of injustices perpetrated against loyal American citizen children by their government.

Previously from Tule Lake: Depressing Caption, meet Awesome Chairs
DIY Preschool & Playground, Topaz Internment Camp, Delta, Utah

2 Comments

It was a very sad time in our history. My mother was interned at Tule Lake, and to this day, she can't talk about it without crying. It impacted her life, and therefore, the lives of her children and our children.

I agree, just like the WW2, history has some pretty bad periods...
At least our kids have been lucky not to live this!

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