Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Follow Up on California's Tuna Canyon Detention Station-- Part 1

Continuing from the March 27th post.  From the Densho Encyclopedia.

Ask most Americans, particularly younger ones about Japanese-American internment camps in the United States during World War II and you'll most likely get a blank look.

I'm aware of them, but until I found the article about this camp, I was unaware of its existence.

The Tuna Canyon Detention Station is where Issei were detained by the FBI after Pearl Harbor.  It opened Dec. 16, 1941, and was a temporary stopover until they could be transferred elsewhere.   With a 300 capacity, it was located  in Tujungo, California, near Pasadena in Los Angeles County.  It closed in September 1945.

Other temporary stations for those classified as enemy aliens were at Ellis Island, East Boston in Massachusetts, Cincinnati, Angel Island in San Francisco Bay and Seattle.  In December 1941, 279 Japanese-Americans,, 248 German-Americans and 81 Italian-Americans were incarcerated at Ellis Island.

The La Tuna Camp had originally opened in May 1933 as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp located at 6330 Tujunga, about 14 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

More to Come.  --GreGen

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