Owens Valley (detention facility)


US Gov Name Owens Valley Reception Center
Facility Type Temporary Assembly Center
Administrative Agency Wartime Civil Control Administration
Location Manzanar, California (36.7333 lat, -118.0667 lng)
Date Opened March 21, 1942
Date Closed June 2, 1942
Population Description More than 90 percent were from the Los Angeles area; others were from Stockton, California, and Bainbridge Island, Washington.
General Description Located on the site that later became the WRA-run concentration camp Manzanar.
Peak Population 9,666
Exit Destination Manzanar
National Park Service Info

The Owens Valley Reception Center was one of two such facilities that augmented the fifteen "assembly centers" operated by the Wartime Civil Control Administration. In operation from March 21, 1942, Owens Valley was taken over by the War Relocation Authority on June 1, 1942 and became the so called "Manzanar Relocation Center." Unlike inmates taken to one of the assembly centers, inmates initially sent to Owens Valley did not have to move again to a more permanent War Relocation Authority camp.