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On the west side of US 395, six miles south of Independence, California, stands a solitary guard tower. Guard Tower #8 was once one of eight guard towers that encircled the 6200 acre Manzanar Relocation Center located at the base of Mount Tyndall. At the start of the Second World War President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order No. 9066 into law Congress which resulted in nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans to leave their homes. Manzanar was one of the 10 relocation centers spread across the Western United States that by the end of the war had housed almost 10,000 internees.
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