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Whoops! After finding this map, I realize that the one I originally viewed that I've mentioned was apparently drawn wrong. Here is a topo map from 1954 showing the former base spur.
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I just googled that area, and it appears that there are seven "revetments" around the hill, similar to the ones at Concord Naval base.
Hamilton has a rather active historical association and they have what is reportedly a very good little museum located in the former base firehouse. I haven't had a chance to get there yet, but plan to do so.
IIRC, a friend of mine's dad was retired from the Air Force, and he mentioned a couple of times that the track at the top was an ammunition car track, and curved around the hill so as to prevent damage in case of explosions. Can anyone verify that?
Yep, the airfield is now part of the tidal wetland restoration, Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project.
While I haven't been able to spot any rails inside the base, I'm absolutely floored by what's shown on the DOQ maps on Acme Mapper - to think that the runway is merely underwater! I feel somewhat inspired to start researching the history of the place...
Thats what I thought, i'm fairly unfamiliar with Hamilton even though I love to study everything during the WWII era..
And I hope im not that fool you were talking about..
Good job on that Mike!!
Make me proud:D
"On August 17, 1932 the spur railroad track leading into Hamilton Field was completed, and the first train steamed onto the base on the eighteenth, carring six carloads of crushed rock and gravel. Completion of this track was expected to speed up construction on the part of contractors, who had been holding back shipments of material because of the prohibitive cost of the only transportation previously available." From Hamilton Field Diary: The Country Club Airbase.
Hubby and I might. But can't till after the holidays.
I looked at google also and it looks like all the access roads are gated. I believe it was refered to as ammo hill. Wonder what's in there now?
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