From the outside it looked like another old warehouse in a former industrial center in Pinedale, California. Historically it had a more sordid past. A series of 10 warehouses were once the transition point, or Assembly Centers for thousands of Japanese of American ancestry in the first days of WWII.
Forced from their homes, these U. S. citizens were brought to places like this, forced to live here for days or months, until the Internment camps were set up throughout the country.
In 2007 the last of these buildings was demolished, but before it disappeared, I took one last look inside looking for a visual link to a darker chapter in our nation’s history.