Wednesday, September 19, 2012

More Main Street USA

More postcards from the past. ENJOY!

Franklin Avenue - Business District - Colby, Kansas.

Mojave, California- Located on Highway 6, and is known as a supply center for desert settlers and a railroad center. It was here in 1883 that J.W.S. Perry built 10 huge wagons to haul borax out of Death Valley, and for five years these conveyances, drawn by 20-mule teams, plied between Death Valley and Mojave.

Cedar City, Utah - Located in the heart of scenic Southern Utah on U.S. Highway 91. It lies at the base of the great Wasatch Mountains. Gateway to Utah's National Parks and Monuments. Population 6,172, Elevation 5.840.

Altus, Oklahoma - Located on U.S. Highway 62 and 283. Altus is located in the heart of farming and cattle country. Altus is also known to many tourists for it's fine fishing lakes.

North Spring Street - Business Section - Searcy, Arkansas.

Main Street, Mission, Texas - Home of the Grapefruit and named after an old Spanish Mision, established in 1850. Near here is the former home of Williams Jennings Bryan. To the west of Mission are vast oil fields and the Rio Grande four miles to the South.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Naval Air Station

The Air Station was established in 1942 as Naval Air Station Santa Ana, a base for airship operations in support of the United States Navy's coastal patrol efforts during World War II. NAS Santa Ana was decommissioned in 1949.

In 1951, the facility was reactivated as Marine Corps Air Station Santa Ana to support the Korean War. It was the country's first air facility developed solely for helicopter operations. It was renamed Marine Corps Air Station Tustin in the early 1980s.

In 1993, the blimp hangars were designated National Civil Engineering Landmarks by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Operational closure of the base occurred in July 1999.

Hangar construction at LTA Base, 1943.

Hangar with 6 airships, LTA Base, 1940's.

Church and Airship, LTA Base, 1944.

Aerial view of the LTA Base, December 22, 1960.

LINK: More photos at the Orange County Public Library.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


View beneath the Brooklyn Bridge facing lower Manhattan, 1983.
(LIFE Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt)

A New York City fire fighter looks up at what remains of the World Trade Center
after its collapse during a September 11 terrorist attack.
(U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson)