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About 10 miles south of Tulelake, past Newell on SR 139, a steel cross and a basalt rock and concrete monument commemorate the Tule Lake Segregation Center, a World War II internment camp for Japanese-Americans. The Tule Lake Unit is part of the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
The center operated from 1942 to 1946 and at its height housed more than 18,000 detainees. Tule Lake became known for residents' resistance to their internment and the protests and demonstrations that resulted from overcrowded living conditions. Over time much of the camp's acreage was sold, and buildings were demolished or removed from the site. For tour information, phone (530) 260-0537.
The Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair & Museum of Local History , 800 S. Main St. in the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds complex, features an exhibit about the internment camp, an original guard tower, part of a barracks, camp artifacts and a mural. There's also a visitor center and other exhibits pertaining to area history; phone (530) 667-5312.
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