Tanforan

Tanforan

United States. Army. Western Defense Command and Fourth Army. Final Report, Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast, 1942.
Washington 1943, p. 160

Tanforan
San Bruno, California

 

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The Tanforan “Assembly Center” was located 12 miles from San Francisco on Tanforan Racetrack in San Bruno, California. The 118 acre Tanforan consisted of 180 barracks, 26 of which were converted horse stalls. Half of the barracks were infield of the race track. The temporary housing consisted of unfinished barracks and barely cleaned horse stalls which were inadequately prepared to house people. Some of the rooms in the grandstands were converted into housing for single men. There were only 24 latrines, and they afforded little privacy. Tanforan was surrounded by a barbed wire fence and eucalyptus trees. From April 28, 1942 to October 13, 1942, Tanforan housed as many as 7,816 Japanese Americans.