New At Manzanar National Historic Site: Bridging Generations
September 30, 2011 5 Comments
The following is an update from the Manzanar National Historic Site.
by Jeff Burton
MANZANAR NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, NEAR INDEPENDENCE, CA — The second round of restoration work on the “Nishi Bridge” at Manzanar National Historic Site’s Merritt Park has been completed. The arched supports previously installed were reinforced, treads were added, and handrails were begun.
Barry Amos, who is leading the volunteer project in collaboration with the Nishi family, hopes to have the bridge completed soon.
Created by former Manzanar internees Kuichiro Nishi and Takio Muto, Merritt Park was a welcome respite from Manzanar’s stark barracks, barbed wire fences, and guard towers. Descendants of Kuichiro and their family and friends initiated the reconstruction of the historic bridge, an iconic, and much-photographed, feature of the park.
Jeff Burton is the Cultural Resource Program Manager at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Another photo of the restoration work:
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