The beginning of our trip on highway 395 that day gave us some final glimpses of the Sierras. However, there were more mountains up the road. Before we came to them we saw signs giving directions to Manzanar, a national historic site. Later at the museum we learned what that was all about. The old high school in Manzanar has an interpretive center with exhibits and audio visual programs related to the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WW11. As you may gather from my previous postings, history of that nature makes me furious. And our nation never learns, just continues to treat people inhumanely in the name of protecting our national security.
The heyday of westerns was primarily the years from the 1920s to the 1960s. During the 1950s and 1960s westerns films were decreasing in numbers, but there were many western series being made for television. Science fiction movies as Star Trek 5, Ironman, Superman as well as foreign films as Gunga Din and Kim were also filmed in the Alabama Hills. Pictured below is the dentist wagon from Durango Unchained. There is also on display a copy of that movie script autographed by Quentin Terantino, as well as the director's chair.
And pictured below is the 1937 Plymouth that Humphrey Bogart drove half-way up Mount Whitney in the 1941 movie High Sierra. It was also noted here that Ida Lupino had the measles while the filming was being done.
Many of the artifacts and costumes were very interesting. Ever heard of a jerk jacket?
It is a vest with multiple pick points on it and is custom fitted for the actor or stunt person. Cables or ropes are placed on the pick points and used for snatching, pulling or dragging a person for a stunt sequence. John and I had to call it quits after about an hour in this museum, we still had many miles yet to cover for the day. I must say it was a stop worth making!