Manzanar National Historic Site, United States of America

General Attributes
Project NameManzanar National Historic Site
CountryUnited States of America
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Data Types

Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
LiDAR - Terrestrial46.01 GBLeica HDS6000 Phase Based Laser Scanner
Site DescriptionDuring World War II, a barbed wire fence and eight guard towers enclosed Manzanar's one-square-mile living space that at its peak confined just over 11,000 people. Many recall with fear how spotlights from the guard towers would shine in their barrack windows during the night. While the construction of the camp reflects how Japanese Americans were stripped of their basic rights and freedoms, the features on the landscape today also show how people created a diverse community and remained resilient in the face of hardship. A woman's statement recorded during World War II reveals the complexities people faced suddenly being incarcerated with thousands of strangers. "I often sit and wonder how I ever came to be in a camp full of Japanese, aliens and citizens alike, with nothing much in common between them and myself except the color of our skins. What had I, or...the rest of them done, to be thrown in camp?...I suppose the only answer is, the accident of my birth-my ancestry."The diversity of people confined at Manzanar can be seen in the landscape. Remnants of one of many baseball diamonds echo days where hundreds of people would gather to cheer on their favorite Manzanar team. While the landscape reveals pieces of its layered past, the site and its history remain an important lens for visitors in understanding the world today.
Project DescriptionManzanar is one of ten World War II camps associated with the US government's incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans forcibly removed from the West Coast in the name of national security. The few structures that remain at the site serve as reminders of democracy's fragility in times of conflict. To further illuminate this history, CyArk worked with the National Park Service to create an accurate 3D digital reconstruction of the World War II camp. CyArk used laser scanning and photogrammetry to document the site's buildings and topographical features including the historic cemetery monument and excavated rock gardens. They processed the data in combination with historical records to digitally reconstruct what the camp would have looked like during World War II. The reconstruction provides a unique opportunity for people to connect with this difficult history and ensure that it is never forgotten.
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Collection Date2011-09-27 to 2011-10-02
Publication Date2019-04-18
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
CollectorsCyArk , Architectural Resource Consultants
FundersU.S. National Park Service's Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program
Site AuthorityNational Park Service
CyArk 2019: Manzanar National Historic Site - LiDAR - Terrestrial . Collected by CyArk , Architectural Resource Consultants . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D.

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