Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Salinas Garrison
(Salinas Assembly Center)
This was the California Rodeo Grounds, one mile north of downtown Salinas. It operated as an assembly and processing center for the local ethnic Japanese from April 27 to July 4, 1942. At its peak it housed 3,586 people. Most of the people processed here went to the Colorado River Relocation Camp at Poston, AZ. On July 24, 1942 it was turned over to the VII Corps which used it for the duration of the war. After the war, it again became the California Rodeo Grounds.
Source: World War II Sites in the United States: A Tour Guide and Directory by Richard E. Osbourne

Salinas Assembly Center
Oblique aerial view of the Salinas Assembly Center.
Occupied from April 27 to July 4, the Salinas Assembly Center was built at a fairgrounds at the north end of the town of Salinas. It housed a total of 3,608 evacuees from the Monterey Bay area. The maximum population at one time was 3,594. Over 165 buildings are depicted in the aerial photograph, which shows barracks to the north and east of the fairgrounds proper, six buildings within the racetrack infield, and perimeter guard towers.

Salinas Assembly Center
The fairgrounds now encompasses the California Rodeo Grounds, a small neighborhood park (Sherwood Park), and the Salinas Community Center. The grandstand and auxiliary buildings present in the 1942 aerial photograph remain, but the main area of assembly center barracks is now a golf course. In the rear courtyard of the Salinas Community Center there is a State of California historical marker commemorating the assembly center and a small fenced Japanese garden. Another historical marker indicates that the assembly center was later used to train a Filipino army unit during World War II. The courtyard is perhaps most known for its cowboy hat sculpture "Hat in Three Stages of Landing" (Figure 16.45).
Photo Credit: Nataional Archive and Records Administration and US National Park Service
Source:Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War IIJapanese American Relocation Sites by J. Burton, M. Farrell, F. Lord, and R. Lord
Salinas Garrison, Fort Ord
Upon evacuation of Japanese Americans from the Pacific Coast, the site became a Fort Ord satellite installation for temporary housing of troops. The last service using the installation was the Ninth Service Command. The improvements identified as owned by the United States were an unspecified number of temporary buildings and other types of structures. The Disposal Plan recommended the government owned buildings be sold and the infirmary, well pump equipment, water storage tank and water tank tower be relocated to Fort Ord. If not, "the water system and fire equipment" were to be considered as partial consideration in lieu of restoration. This action was to be negotiated with the City of Salinas. In 1946, the leasehold for the total 278.174 acres was terminated.
Source: Army Corps of Engineers Public FUS GIS Site
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