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Tulelake is named for the vast lake that long dominated the area until it was drained to create farmland for the expansion West under the Reclamation Act of 1902. Parcels of land were granted to homesteaders by lottery–most of them WWI & WWII veterans– throughout the first half of the 20th century, with winner’s names often drawn straight out of a pickle jar. Still a thriving agricultural community with a strong ranching and Hispanic culture, must visits include the museum at the fairgrounds in town which house buildings from the nearby Internment Camp that imprisoned thousands of Japanese Americans during WWII, and of course the Lava Beds National Monument just south of town which offer an intimate glimpse into the rich geological history of the area and a chance to explore the historical sites and many caves that played a central role in the Modoc War of 1872-73.