Diane Putnam

Diane Putnam

Posted on 10/13/2015


Photo taken on October 28, 2015



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Lone building, Newell site of Camp Tulelake

Lone building, Newell site of Camp Tulelake
All but this one building, the jail inside the camp, were demolished immediately after WWII ended. A metal roof protects it from the elements. No visitors are allowed on the site, except special tours, due to vandalism in the past. It is a silent memorial to the thousands of Japanese-Americans, many of them US citizens, who were imprisoned here.

This location is a National Historical Landmark and maintained by the National Park Service.There were actually two separate camps, one near the town of Tulelake and this one at Newell. The Newell camp became the largest Japanese-American internment camp in the USA. See this site on Google Street View by clicking on Location, then on Satellite view.

Period photos here: tinyurl.com/ndeurq4
Read more about the camp here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulelake_camp
Videos by former internee Jimi Yamaichi: vimeo.com/channels/tulelakeinternment

Christina Sonnenschein, Don Barrett (aka DBs travels), kiiti, Sami Serola and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


15 comments - The latest ones
Edward Bowthorpe
Edward Bowthorpe
Great shot Diane,eddie,xx
22 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Edward Bowthorpe
Thanks very much, Eddie.
22 months ago.
Rainer D - Nous Sommes Unis
Rainer D - Nous Somm…
Wonderful editing
22 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Rainer D - Nous Somm…
Hello, Rainer, thank you.
22 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
I commented this morning and maybe didnt hit Post !

Yes... this disgraceful knee jerk reaction is sadly still being exercised in many guises. People seemingly never ever learn.

So very sad.
22 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Pam J
So right. Thank you, Pam. (I've done that before, at least that's what I assumed!)
22 months ago.
Gudrun
Gudrun
A stark reminder! Your treatment fits the subject very well.
22 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Gudrun
Hi, Gudrun, thank you. Yes, a very serious place.
22 months ago.
BillsPics
BillsPics
an appropriately somber capture of a dark time in history-well done Diane
22 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to BillsPics
Thank you, Bill, I appreciate it.
22 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
Near this site is an area of homes that are clearly remodels of the old barracks.
22 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
There was no regular town until the camp was demolished. I think those homes are newish, but there are, indeed, a few old camp buildings being used for other purposes. The infrastructure (water, electricity, some roads) are the originals. The residents now are largely immigrants from Mexico and further south who play a big part in the agriculture and packing plants around the county. Newell is also near the Lava Beds and Petroglyph Point, so it gets quite a few visitors passing through.

If you look to the SE, you'll see a lot of old concrete pads. The videos linked above are really informative. There are reasons this camp has been ignored, unlike Manzanar and others.
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to Diane Putnam
I just started on the videos, there are quite amazing and I'm going to link them to my photos of the area. I wish that I had seen them before my last visit up there so as to know what more to look for. I also now see, from the satellite view, that it is easy to see the outline of where the camp was and to get a sense of how huge it was.
22 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
Oh, good, I'm glad you like them. Yes, it was enormous! The more I know I about it, the more surprised I am by how little this camp is known, now.
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to Diane Putnam
We (meaning the country) clearly spent many years trying to push memory of that out of our history. I'm glad to see the level of interest that is happening around reconstructing that, even in areas that are traditionally conservative. I really was very impressed by the work at Heart Mountain in Wyoming.
22 months ago.