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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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Hawes Radio Relay Site, Ca.

from: pipeliner1971
date: Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)

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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