Manzanar NHS Seeks Volunteers Who Can Provide Use Of Flat-Bed Truck

Historic photograph of the fire station at Manzanar, fire trucks, and incarceree fire fighters.
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The following is a press release from Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force and the Manzanar National Historic Site.

HISTORIC WINTERSBURG/HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – Lumber donated by Huntington Beach businessman Michael Grant of Michael Grant Construction Service, Inc., has been made in response to the need for additional lumber to complete the construction of the historic fire station at the Manzanar National Historic Site, currently being performed by the National Park Service and volunteers.

The new building will be used to exhibit and protect Manzanar’s historic fire truck, which has suffered being parked outside the Visitor Center in the sun, wind, and rain for nearly twenty years.

Volunteer(s) are needed to transport the lumber supplies from a lumberyard in Los Alamitos, California, to the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

A flatbed truck is required to transport the equivalent of 60 large sheets of plywood to be used for wall and roof construction. The lumber will be loaded by employees at the lumberyard, and there will be assistance at Manzanar to unload the supplies. One way from Los Alamitos to Manzanar is a little over four hours.

If you are able to provide transport of the lumber supplies to Manzanar during the week of November 16 or the week of November 23, please contact Mary Urashima, chair of the Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force at, or Jeffrey Burton, Cultural Resources Program Manager, Manzanar National Historic Site at

Delivery volunteers will be provided with additional information regarding pick-up and drop-off locations.

Be part of the effort to restore important historic features at Manzanar! For more information about the Manzanar National Historic Site, check out their web site at


Manzanar National Historic Site


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