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Abandoned Places – US 395 wander [Part 1] - Hawes Revisited

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Jul. 5th, 2007 | 10:41 am
location: Los Angeles County
mood: creativecreative
music: Oingo Boingo - Weird Science
posted by: jj_maccrimmon in abandonedplaces

Several months ago (February in fact), the munchins and I made a trip out to the Hawes Bunker (this was visit 2 of 3). This was mainly a side trip as we searched locations along the US 395 corridor. As it happens the search along US 395 wasn’t terribly successful so we stopped at familiar places like Hawes, and the former George AFB. On the way home, we found a bunch of 1880 thru 1920 era shacks in the desert near Lake Los Angeles.

Why so long with these photos?.. Read on at the bottom..


The pit of despair - This time we visited the Hawes site with heavy duty lights. Even with these lights, it was still and very, very dark.




The Radio Room – this room was once covered in copper sheeting and insulation to reduce potential interference and completely ground the surrounding. Scavengers have long since removed the evidence.


Crew quarters and lounge


A slightly different angle of the graffiti in the room


The generator room


Mountings and memories

Next up is new views of what had been George AFB and our run in with the security there.


A preview - the housing area


An explanation: Over the past few months, I’ve been busy doing three very important (in my mind) things.
1. Family and personal issues have kept me from doing a bunch of editing and formatting till recently.
2. I’ve been photographing various subjects like mad (14 sets of new photos & 8 of those are abandoned sites).
3. I’ve been selecting and preparing photos for my first public showing in September. At the September edition of Fright Night LA, I will be the featured artist. If you’re in Los Angeles on or about Sept 14th, come out and say hello. I may post a preview of the selected photos just prior to the show. If the show is a success (commercial / critical), I’m going to see whether or not there would be interest by a gallery to show them afterward.

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Gingerspark

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from: gingerspark
date: Jul. 5th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on the showing!!
If some miracle occurs and happen to be on that side of the continent I will make every effort to get to see the show1

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jul. 5th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I've been very hesitant to offer up such a showing. Not only is the cost to produce a number of smaller scale and several large scale (30"x20") poster prints daunting, it took the efforts of a number of people to convince me that my photos were worth showing. I'm my worst critic and can find any number of reasons why I shouldn't do this, or use this picture or treat one print differently from another.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jul. 5th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Amoung mainstream photographers in some styles, these sites make up the meat and potatoes of backgrounds. For those of us who shoot alternative models or nature, these sites offer ready made and sometimes very cutting edge backgrounds. I've already used several of these for shoot locations with models and have plans to do so further in the near future.

If you look through the past posts in this forum, you'll find posts by some very high quality (mainstream) photographers. In some cases this is their sounding board for style and site ideas.

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from: holdingmybreath
date: Jul. 5th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
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congrats on the showing!
i think we are all jealous and wish we could be there!

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jul. 5th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I'm hoping I don't fall on my face in this.

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_asullengirl

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from: _asullengirl
date: Jul. 5th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
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wow how exciting to have your own show! good luck!!

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jul. 5th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
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Thank you

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cabcat

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from: cabcat
date: Jul. 5th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
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What's the AFB stand for? Everything looks so desolate, the bunker had more colour and life to it than that place.

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jul. 5th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
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AFB = Air Force Base: George AFB was an installation of the United States Air Force until it was closed down in 1988. The facilities were turned over to the local community after clean efforts, but many of the areas, including this housing block, could not be reutilized in their primary form (some houses were considered sub-standard for utilities, some had asbestos, and some were considered outside of local building codes). These houses shown, have been used for SWAT Team and Army urban warfare training. needless to say, they've seen far better days.

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Jul. 5th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
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I love the bunker! i was getting into all the drama with "Rich was here" "Turk" over Rich, "Fuck Turk he was ..." Makes me wonder about Rich and Turk...

Good luck on your show! And even if its not a smashing success at Fright Night, I think you've got some great photos and you should keep showing them. The more shows you have, the more people will start to recognize your name and want to buy your work.

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jul. 16th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for the kind words Lindsey. Normally I don't give out specifics on site locations over the open forum. In too many cases locally, sites have been heavily damaged or destroyed (further) by vandals and party-goers. The bunker is a special case that I'm even more hesitiant to offer up info on due to the remoteness and dangers posed by this site in particular. Get in touch with me through the address on my profile and we can talk. If anything, it means more exploration partners locally (Antelope Valley).

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Hawes Radio Relay Site, Ca.

from: pipeliner1971
date: Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
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I was stationed at this site from Jan 1968 until Dec 1968. It was Det 2 33rd Comm Sq SAC from March AFB Ca. Best men I ever served with and the site was special but the abandoned pics really hurt. The site was just being brought up when I arrived and it was never fully operational when I did leave. We worked 24 hours on and 72 hours off and were a composite crew consisting of radio maint, crypto maint, teletype maint, power production, refrigeration, and comm center specs like myself. The large room u have a pic of was where the 100kw Westinghouse xmitter set and it was state of the art at the time as it was solid state and could reach full power at the turn of a switch. The helio coil for the tower was 20' high and changing freqs on it was a real treat. Changing hazard lights on the tower was a treat as well. I still have many pics of this site some are on slides and some are black and white with pics of the men on my shift who were the best men I was ever associated with.....Derusha, Murdaugh, Collins, Tagawa, Cordero, Parsekian....What a gang. Most of us lived at Edwards and others points south. We fixed alot of great meals and played a hell of a lot of Risk back in those days and we also worked hard and were a close bunch of young men. I wish I could relive those days. Hoping that some one may see this comment and respond. If so my email address is mwok50@aol.com Glad that someone did take pics of the old site as I often wondered what ever happened to it. It sounds like it was productive from 1968 until roughly 1986 so at least they got some good out of it.

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AMAZING WORK

from: gargoyle661
date: Nov. 10th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
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I am amazed at your work and at the amount os places you have found. I am a urban paranormal researcher and am interested in 3exchanging some locations with you or any other urban researcher. You can check my locations at AntelopeValleyHaunts.com. We reasearch the Valley also when we have the time to take these expensive time consuming trips and the treasures we come across are always rare and unique. Our group has aquired many artifacts that will be displayed at our mini museum. The photography also is unique and shows us how we used to live. The ones that intrgue me the most are the ones abandones or built in the middle of no where .. How they they convinse their spouse to move there. HAHAHA. Well if you want to check out any of mines let me know . I seen a few I am interested in . Great work

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