|This is a shot I took of the Redman-Hirahira House in Watsonville,
It was built by local architect, William Weeks in 1897 for James Redman, a sugar-beets farmer.
As many as 10 percent of the population of Watsonville, Ca where this house is located, were forcibly removed from their houses, businesses and friends and bused to various internment camps during WWII. It has stood empty in the fields between Highway 1 and Highway 152 in Watsonville since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake made it uninhabitable.
|This is a shot I took of the memorial at Manzanar in 2009 on my cross-country road trip.|
Only a few of the innocent Japanese-Americans who died during their illegal internment at Manzanar during WWII remain in this lonely cemetery on the Eastern side of the Sierras.
From Wikepedia: "On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the Secretary of War to designate military commanders to prescribe military areas and to exclude “any or all persons” from such areas. The order also authorized the construction of what would later be called “relocation centers” by the War Relocation Authority (WRA) to house those who were to be excluded. This order resulted in the forced relocation of over 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were native-born American citizens. The rest had been prevented from becoming citizens by federal law. Over 110,000 were imprisoned in the ten concentration camps located far inland and away from the coast. Manzanar was the first of the ten concentration camps to be established"
The Manzanar cemetery site is marked by a monument that was built by prisoner stonemason Ryozo Kado in 1943. The characters on this monument are translated to mean "Soul-Consoling Tower" .
There are many places across the USA that are desolate and abandoned...this song sung by me and written by Kate Wolf, captures the feeling a continent away: