New At Manzanar National Historic Site: Bridging Generations

The following is an update from the Manzanar National Historic Site.


The in-progress “Nishi Bridge” with turtle rock in the foreground.
To view a larger image, click on the image above.
Photo: Jeff Burton

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.

Views expressed in this story are those of the author, and are not necessarily those of the Manzanar Committee.

Another photo of the restoration work:

Manzanar National Historic Site Superintendent Les Inafuku (left) and
volunteer Barry Amos (right) discuss construction details.
To view a larger image, click on the image above.
Photo: Jeff Burton


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5 Responses to New At Manzanar National Historic Site: Bridging Generations

  1. Oh my gosh, it’s beautiful. We can’t wait to come down and see it in person. Thank you volunteers!

  2. T.D. Hayes says:

    JEFF,
    Keep up the good work….!!! Terry & Lisa Hayes

  3. Jenni Kuida says:

    These photos are pretty amazing.

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