Cow Creek (detention facility)
|US Gov Name||Cow Creek Camp|
|Facility Type||Additional Facility|
|Administrative Agency||War Relocation Authority|
|Location||Cow Creek, California (36.5000 lat, -117.0000 lng)|
|Date Opened||December 10, 1942|
|Date Closed||February 15, 1943|
|Population Description||Held forty men and their families from the Manzanar concentration camp.|
|General Description||Located in the desert of California near the Death Valley National Monument, one of the hottest places on Earth. Summer temperatures stay well over 100 degrees. Death Valley encompasses the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level and is the driest place in North America with an average rainfall of only 1.96 inches a year.|
|Exit Destination||Resettled outside camps|
|National Park Service Info|
Located at a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp site near Death Valley, the Cow Creek facility held approximately forty inmates from Manzanar removed for their own protection after the Manzanar riot/uprising of December 1942. Among those held there were Togo Tanaka and Fred Tayama.
- After the fatal riot at Manzanar, the War Relocation Authority (WRA) briefly held "pro-administration" individuals at Cow Creek before giving them leave from the camps. The men had been threatened by protestors who considered them to be informants.
- Once when the supply truck from Manzanar was several days late, wild burro meat was served.
- Brief footage of the camp appears in the 1980 documentary, Encounter with the Past: American Japanese Internment in World War II.