Diane Putnam

Diane Putnam

Posted on 10/13/2015

Photo taken on October 13, 2015

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Guard tower

Guard tower
From the Japanese-American Segregation Camp of WWII, Tulelake, California. It was used at the high-security Newell location. This tower was moved to the City of Tulelake Museum to preserve it. There were actually two separate camps, one near Tulelake and another at Newell, a few miles south. The Newell camp became the largest Japanese-American internment camp in the USA. Read about it here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulelake_camp

Note the weird "guard," which appears to be an old store mannequin dressed in period military gear. You can see this tower by clicking on the Location, enabling Satellite view and using Street View.

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Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
Good coverage of this. I was very surprised when first up there, about a decade ago, to find a quality exhibit at the Tulelake museum. Until recently, the exhibit was financed by local people, now the NPS helps.
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
Yes, it is a good one. Something I found very moving was the display of art and crafts made by prisoners. It's been very slow-going as far as making the camp at Newell itself recognizable. It's really just barren territory with some foundations and other bits. No signs or educational guidance on the site.
2 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to Diane Putnam
But they're far ahead of preserving the history than at many other sites. Poston, in Arizona, has a small and very poorly maintained public monument with no clear indication as to where the actual grounds were. Topaz, near Delta, UT, has all of the grounds preserved and some rudimentary markings of the locations of camp buildings, as well as good preservation at a local museum, but not nearly as complete as at the museum in Tulelake.
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
Just saw this, Don. That's really nice to know! Somehow, AZ and UT don't surprise me. When I think about it, all of these camps were in regions that were and are, now,
very-to-ultra-conservative. As for Newell, CA, as opposed to the Tulelake site against the buttes, I think it still carries the extreme stigma of being the most hard-core of all of them. That's where they sent people most likely (so they thought) to be traitors, those who had already communicated with Japanese military or government, or who were common criminals, drifters or trouble-makers in other ways. There were riots, work strikes, food shortages and just general unrest at the Newell camp. Pretty interesting and unique among the camps. There were families with children there, too, so this would have been awful for them to be around. I read that when released, the Japanese-Americans kept it a secret where they had been because of the shame of being in the Newell camp, especially.

For those reasons, it's even more important, I think, to have a more educational experience at Newell. But, there's no money for it.
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to Diane Putnam
I hadn't thought about the fact that internees would inherit reputations related to the camp where they were interred. Unfortunately is seems to be an inherent part of human behavior to develop status systems. Now I know I'll have to keep an eye out for how camps address this.
2 years ago.