Table of Contents
DoJ and US Army Facilities
Confinement and Ethnicity:
An Overview of World War II
Japanese American Relocation Sites
by J. Burton, M. Farrell, F. Lord, and R. Lord
Chapter 16 (continued)
Pinedale Assembly Center, California
This assembly center was located 8 miles north of downtown Fresno on
vacant land near an existing mill-workers housing area (Figure 16.16).
The area is now within the Fresno city limits, north of Herndon Road 1
mile west of Blackstone Avenue.
Figure 16.16. Oblique aerial view of the Pinedale Assembly Center.
(from DeWitt 1943)
Occupied from May 7 to July 23, the Pinedale Assembly
Center housed a total of 4,823 evacuees, with a maximum of 4,792 at a
time. The evacuees were from Sacramento and El Dorado counties, and
Oregon and Washington. Ten barracks blocks, each with 26 buildings, were
constructed for the evacuees, and a separate block was built for the
military police and administration.
The large industrial/warehouse complex visible in the
1942 aerial photograph is still present, which provided confirmation of
the assembly center location (Figure 16.17). However, the site of the
assembly center is now a subdivision; the architectural style and mature
vegetation suggest the housing development dates to the 1950s or 1960s
(Figure 16.18). There is no historical marker at the site. Subdivision
roads appear to generally follow the assembly center roads.
Figure 16.17. Warehouses near the site of the Pinedale Assembly Center.
Figure 16.18. Site of the Pinedale Assembly Center.