Repurposed https://mikeonline.ca/status_Repurposed en Beelitz https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Beelitz <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Beelitz</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/14/2015 - 11:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">A complex of over 60 buildings, Beelitz-Heilstatten began life as a sanatorium in 1898. By World War I, however, it became a military hospital for the Imperial German Army, and would have the dubious distinction of treating a young Adolph Hitler in October and November of 1916 when wounded during the Battle of the Somme.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">During World War II, it would continue in its function as an army hospital, even after its takeover in 1945 by Soviet horses. It was finally returned to Germany in 1995, almost 4 years after reunification, and attempts were made to privatize the facility with limited success.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Many of the buildings remained empty and unused, falling into a horrible state of disrepair. Most recently, however, new life is beginning.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">In many ways, our visit was a disappointment. We arrived to discover that almost the entire facility was either occupied or being remodeled under the watchful eye of a significant security detail. While I am uncertain what the long-term plans for all of these buildings is, it appeared that much of the area being restored might be going over to condos or other such accommodations.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I say we were disappointed, and certainly we were as we were really looking forward to this exploration. On the other hand, I must say that it is good to see the buildings being kept and restored their original beauty for future generations.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=142&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="FVqt9GwVrhxZasmFcENPhfR08CLUulnBJM4OGW4dSgI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 142 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Beelitz#comments RCAF Rivers https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_RCAF_Rivers <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">RCAF Rivers</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 11/16/2012 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">RCAF Rivers was opened in May, 1942 as part of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Commonwealth_Air_Training_Plan" target="_blank">British Commonwealth Air Training Plan</a>. Through this plan, over 130,000 airmen and women would be trained from the various countries of the British Commonwealth to take part in the war.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">During Rivers' significant history, it would see a number of changes, but was always at the heart of the Canadian Armed Forces' training needs. These changes included:</p> <ul><li class="text-align-justify">1942 - 1945: No 1 Central Navigation School moved here from RCAF Trenton.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">1947: Canadian Parachute Training Centre merged with Airborne School and relocated to Rivers.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">1947: Army Aviation Tactical Training School opened, training pilots, instructors, etc. for the Army, Navy and Air Force.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">1948 - 1960: Joint Air Photo Interpretation School.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">1953: Basic Helicopter Training Unit formed catering to all three services using the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikorsky_SH-3_Sea_King" target="_blank">Sikorsky H-5</a>.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">1963 - 1966: No. 1 Transport Helicopter Platoon established using <a href="http://www.canadianwings.com/Aircraft/aircraftDetail.php?LABRADOR-170" target="_blank">CH-113A Voyageur</a> and a <a href="http://www.canadianwings.com/Aircraft/aircraftDetail.php?NOMAD-174" target="_blank">CH-112 Nomad</a>.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">1964 - 1970: 408 Tactical Fighter Squadron moved here.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">eventually renamed CFB Rivers after unification of the three services.</li> </ul><p class="text-align-justify">Finally, the need for this centre was diminished when the runways proved too short for the new <a href="http://www.canadianwings.com/Aircraft/aircraftDetail.php?CF-5-1" target="_blank">CF-5 Freedom Fighters</a>. It wouldn't be long until the existing schools were moved to other bases and Rivers was declared surplus.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The base was formally closed September, 1971.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Driving along the main road, it's impossible to miss the massive hanger in the field. In its day, I'm sure the trees had been cleared, and the view was clearer. Despite that, there was no mistaking I was in the right place.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">While moving from building to building, it became apparent that an active farm was in operation on this property. I realized that to continue further would require violation of those active parts, and decided to leave instead. I had seen the parts that most interested me.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-external-links field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">External Links</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="http://rcafassociation.ca/heritage/history/cfb-rivers-collection-anecdotes/">CFB Rivers – A Collection of Anecdotes</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=317&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="qvPqIFFOd8PgN8dXasczRc5JHCPnpGrI-U0H-lCOcTc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 317 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_RCAF_Rivers#comments Antigo AFS https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Antigo_AFS <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Antigo AFS</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 10/15/2011 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History:</strong> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">Operations began here on May 1, 1951 with the 676th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron. They began with an <a href="/radar_FPS3" target="_blank">AN/FPS-3</a> search radar and in June, 1952, acquired an <a href="/radar_FPS4" target="_blank">AN/FPS-4</a> height-finder.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">At the end of 1958, the FPS-3 was replaced by an <a href="/radar_FPS20" target="_blank">AN/FPS-20</a>, and the FPS-4 was replaced by the <a href="/radar_FPS6" target="_blank">AN/FPS-6</a>. A second FPS-6 was added in 1959.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">With the advent of <a href="http://urbexobsession.com/dictionary_SAGE" target="_blank">SAGE</a>, Antigo joined the network in 1960, and in 1962, the FPS-20 was replaced by the <a href="/radar_FPS35" target="_blank">AN/FPS-35</a>. Both FPS-6's were upgraded to FPS-90's in 1964, but one was subsequently retired in 1969.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The station was closed in 1977, and the squadron deactivated.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">When I arrived, I noticed that the few rows of small houses were all apparently occupied. The gates to the operations site were open, but I was hesitant. As I watched, a vehicle passed me and went ahead through the gates. So, it's active.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I noticed a man outside on his front lawn doing something or other with his van, so I thought I'd go talk to him. We spoke briefly and I determined that he knew the owner, but he wasn't around. The man had some knowledge about what the place had been, but certainly seemed interested in knowing more, and decided to come along with me to look around.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">He knew the owner didn't want anyone inside most of the building due to their deteriorating condition, so unfortunately, I had to respect this and not go for any interior shots.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Despite this, it was an interesting conversation with a really nice person, and therefore, by no means a waste.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was surprised at how compact the layout for this station was. This is the first time I had seen barracks, mess and other support buildings in such close proximity to the towers and control centre. It was also the first time, other than <a href="http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Camp_Hero">Montauk AFS</a> that I had seen a square concrete tower for the search radar. It turned out that was for good reason as this was the only other site I've been to that also deployed the AN/FPS-35. Unlike Montauk AFS, however, the antenna was no longer in place here.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=353&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="KX4L4FfbSOIa_NYyNKfN1ZgfU66ufR_CoWtgHiC0fK0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 15 Oct 2011 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 353 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Antigo_AFS#comments Textiles Belding Corticelli https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Textiles_Belding_Corticelli <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Textiles Belding Corticelli</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 08/08/2010 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Belding Smith and Company began business in 1876 and was incorporated in 1877. In 1883, this textile factory was first built, and expanded over the years. By 1920, the company was renamed Belding Corticelli Ltd.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">During World War II, the company produced socks for soldiers, parachute rigging, suture thread, and thread for badges and insignias. After the war, they produced elastic bands, cords, ropes, belt fabrics, and laces.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Update:</strong> Part of the plant has been demolished, and the main part is being redeveloped into a hotel.  See attached news article.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">This is a fascinating old building with vast amounts of floor space! Almost all of the floors are covered in hardwood, and there is room after room after room.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Not much in the way of equipment is left to really give you a sense of what the place might have been like in operation, but it was definitely worth exploring.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-attachments field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">File Attachments</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/sites/default/files/2017-12/latribune-2017-02-08.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=402471" title="latribune-2017-02-08.pdf">Project to be Completed Spring 2017</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep03 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=458&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="UUeJ7roW8RB0fXT_WN4EqvKz6hOitwNtwEzjTB9KyZg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 08 Aug 2010 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 458 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Textiles_Belding_Corticelli#comments Lower Queen Streetcar Station https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Lower_Queen <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Lower Queen Streetcar Station</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 10/24/2009 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">This was intended to allow <a href="http://www3.ttc.ca/" target="_blank">TTC</a> streetcars to run the length of Queen Street, but keep them underground, thereby reducing traffic. It was to run from Trinity Park in the west to Carlaw Avenue in the east.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Digging was already being done for the Queen Subway Station on the Yonge line, so it was decided to excavate the intended streetcar station at the same time.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Shortly afterward, however, a decision was made that moving the east / west corridor to Bloor made more sense given the volume of traffic. It was further decided that a subway would better meet the needs of that traffic than streetcars. As a result, the project was scrapped.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I have to admit, this wasn't as impressive as <a href="/gallery_Lower_Bay">Lower Bay</a> and yet it was very interesting just the same. The size of the support beams was impressive. Some of the ceiling beams were clearly original to the construction of the Queen station.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was apparent that few of the public ever see this place, and it has de-evolved to being a mere mechanical room. However as you look at the two parallel track beds running the length of this large area, you can't help but imagine one of the old-style streetcars gliding through to the sound of metal on metal wheels.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-linked-to-trip-story field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Linked to Trip Story</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/article_Touring_the_TTC" hreflang="en">Touring the TTC</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=147&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="PiIMICPPAuK5J5XhB7bfnyIbIy6CdvDXVq4tBz73Cvo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 24 Oct 2009 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 147 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Lower_Queen#comments Old Don Jail https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Old_Don_Jail <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Old Don Jail</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/07/2009 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The Don Jail was designed by architect <a alt="Read More" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Thomas_(architect)" target="_blank">William Thomas</a> in 1852. The city purchased 117 acres of land outside of city limits in 1856, and construction began in October of 1859.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Construction was almost complete when, in 1862, a fire almost completely destroyed the structure. Construction recommenced once again, and by 1864, the jail was finally completed and became occupied.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When it was constructed, the Don Jail was the very model of the excellent treatment of prisoners. It allowed for direct sunlight to enter the 276 cells, and featured heat and ventilation.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Despite that, things for the prisoners were not easy. During the appropriate seasons, they worked the fields that then surrounded the jail. The rest of the time, they spent 23 hours per day in their cells. During the one hour exercise time, they were not allowed to speak, and not allowed to stop or sit down. In fact, prisoners were never allowed to speak unless addressed directly by a prison official. The breaking of the prison's rules could result in discipline by flogging.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The cells the prisoners lived in were only 3 feet wide and 8 feet deep. They did not have toilets, but rather had buckets there emptied daily. Visits by family or friends were limited to once per month. Prisoners were also expected to handle most of the routine maintenance of the jail including painting, carpentry ,etc.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On occasion, hangings were conducted at the jail. Originally, they were public and held outside. In 1869, however, Canada outlawed public hanging, and they were moved indoors. Most accounts hold that a washroom was converted into a hanging gallows, but it appears that in fact it was a stairwell.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In total, the Don Jail saw 34 hangings. Thirty were hung for murder, while the other 4 were hung for rape.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Canada's last execution was held at the Don Jail in 1962. This was the double-execution of <a alt="Read More" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Lucas" target="_blank">Arthur Lucas</a>, 54, and <a alt="Read More" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Turpin" target="_blank">Ronald Turpin</a>, 29.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Turpin robbed a restaurant for the total of $632.84. He got away clean until an Ontario PP officer pulled over his vehicle for a broken taillight. Turpin shot and killed the officer, and stole his cruiser. He was captured soon afterward.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Lucas was an American who came into Canada from Detroit to murder a man and his girlfriend who were to testify in a drug-related trial. He returned to the United States after the double murder, but was arrested and extradited back to Canada for trial.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Lucas was allegedly informed that he would likely be the last executed in Canada to which he replied, "Some consolation."</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The double hanging was conducted on December 11, 1962 while protests went on outside.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1977, the jail was closed for overcrowding, and used solely for administration purposes while the new jail, adjacent to the original building, is used to this day.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Because of deplorable conditions in that jail, a new one is being constructed in Mimico. Upon completion, the rest of the Don Jail will be closed and the newer section demolished.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Bridgepoint Health currently owns the Old Don Jail, and will soon be renovating it into office space.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">We arrived at the jail at 4:30 PM, 30 minutes early for our appointment and having driven four hours just for this opportunity. We waited anxiously, even more so as we learned that we would likely be the last public group to see this historic location before it is renovated into office space.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When at last we were let loose inside, we were not disappointed. The moment we entered the rotunda, we couldn't help but be overwhelmed. The high ceiling, and small windows surrounding its peak. The railings and balconies surrounding the room above. The intricacy of the wrought iron serpents that adorned the underside of the walkways.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As we entered one of the cell blocks, we instantly recognized that this was unlike any of the three other prisons we had visited before. The cells were smaller, more claustrophobic. Executions had been carried out here. Standing on the upper level of the gallows room and seeing the outlines in the paint where the heavy support timbers had once been. Looking down to the level below where the condemned men dropped. You can almost smell the fear oozing from the walls.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">While we spent only one hour here, it was sufficient to give us a glimpse firsthand into what life might have been like here. While certainly, one who was not there can never know completely what it was like, this one small look was enough to show us it could not have been pleasant.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-attachments field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">File Attachments</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/sites/default/files/2018-01/The_Star_20070927.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=296945" title="The_Star_20070927.pdf">September 27, 2007 - The Star Article - Three Bodies Found Under Old Don Jail</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/sites/default/files/2018-01/National_Post_20090612.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=362430" title="National_Post_20090612.pdf">June 12, 2009 - National Post - 15 Dead Men Tell Their Tale</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-videos field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><hr /><p><b>CBC Archives: 1962: Canada's Last Executions</b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="" src="//www.cbc.ca/i/caffeine/syndicate/?mediaId=1402783239" width="757"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep03 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=631&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="qBoTLRM0RQXd6Fv-dqcclgI2It3RCIdT5LWkn506WT4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 07 Sep 2009 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 631 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Old_Don_Jail#comments CFS Ramore https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_CFS_Ramore <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">CFS Ramore</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 10/11/2008 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Construction was completed on the USAF's Ramore Air Station in 1953. The station was first manned by the USAF's 912th Aircraft Control &amp; Warning Squadron. The early warning 917th AC&amp;W Squadron resided there until January 1962. During this time, the Americans became a big part of the surrounding area's community life.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The RCAF took over the station on 2 January 1962 and renamed the site, 35 Aircraft Control &amp; Warning Squadron, RCAF Station Ramore. 35 AC&amp;W Squadron had actually been formed on 1 November 1961 for administrative purposes but did not handle any of the operational requirements of Ramore until the official hand-over. The unit became operational with the <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/dictionary_SAGE" target="_blank">SAGE</a> system on 1 October 1963 and the unit's manual operations ceased on the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinetree_Line" target="_blank">Pinetree Line</a>. They reported to the Ottawa NORAD Sector which had been previously known as the Ottawa Air Defence Sector. On 1 May 1964, 35 AC&amp;W Squadron was renamed 35 Radar Squadron, Ramore and were designated as a long range radar site. Support services were provided by RCAF Station North Bay, 185 miles south on Highway 11.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid_Canada_Line" target="_blank">mid-Canada line</a> was opened in the late Fifties, RCAF Station Ramore was utilized as a relay station for signals coming from one of the Sector Control Sites (SCS) at RCAF Station Winisk. The signals would be sent to Ramore via a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropospheric_scatter" target="_blank">Tropospheric scatter</a> system and then they would forward the signals via a land-line to the RCC at North Bay. This service provided by Ramore, ceased in April 1965 when the Mid-Canada Line was stood down and RCAF Station Winisk was closed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As a result of unification, 35 Radar Squadron became Canadian Forces Station Ramore on 10 August 1967. In the fall of 1973, the station Ground Search and Rescue team was called out to look for the occupants of a Cessna light aircraft that had crashed at Kenogami near Kirkland Lake. The rescuers, themselves, were in some degree of danger as it was hunting season; but they were successful in their mission. The personnel of CFS Ramore, like their American counterparts, became an integral part of life in the area. Many lived in surrounding communities; about one third lived in Kirkland Lake, while others lived in one of the 36 mobile homes in Matheson. The station assumed parent responsibility for 288 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Kirkland Lake.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Unfortunately, the station was one of many radar sites on the chopping block due to technological advances and shifting defense priorities. CFS Ramore was gone by 1 October 1974.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">--The NBC Group - Don Nicks, John Bradley, Chris Charland.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I wasn't entirely sure as the "exact" location of this site, so as I was driving along the road, I suddenly realized that I had just whizzed past the old guard house. I parked the truck just around the corner from the guard house and began snapping off a few pictures.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">A car came up the road with a lone driver, and it was coming pretty fast. I became a little concerned that perhaps I was already about to get tossed out. But the car continued past the old guard house and went deeper into the base.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I continued around the domestic site and figured that I'd proceed up to the operations site. It was a strangely long drive. Most of the Pinetree sites I'd been to before, it was simply a matter of going up the hill. At Ramore, it felt like I was driving through the woods to some far away place.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Just as it appeared I was finally there, I encountered a gate blocking the way. I wasn't going to get the truck around it, so it was time to walk. It was a steep climb, and my out-of-shape legs were feeling the burn, but the view was impressive to say the least.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Update - July 1, 2018:</strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I had heard that someone had purchased the property, and this was the first opportunity I had to look.  Some buildings are being used for new purposes, others are being demolished.  No Trespassing notices are going up.  I believe that's the end of this site.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-videos-embed field--type-video-embed-field field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/193815151?autoplay=1"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rM8dzLIf2NM?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep03 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=9&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="Yd2xQVkRY5KhLoNcmFRnW1kXsk8HLJemVBPO7y7b47k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 11 Oct 2008 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 9 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_CFS_Ramore#comments German Catholic Orphanage https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_German_Catholic_Orphanage <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">German Catholic Orphanage</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 07/12/2008 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The property on which this building stands was purchased for $25,000 as a joint effort of nine parishes. It is alleged that the property was formally a burial ground.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">This orphanage was opened June 1, 1875, and administration handled by the Sisters of St. Francis with a starting population of 47 children.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The first fire to affect the orphanage took place on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 1919. It took only six months, however, to recover and continue operations as before but with significant improvement.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The main building that is most prominent was apparently built in 1927, with the chapel added to the end of the building in time for Christmas 1938.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Since then, more than 15,000 children would call this place home before its closure in 1956 as a result of a second large fire.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">When I arrived here and saw the place from the outside, I was instantly fascinated by it. I mean, church-run orphanages just conjure so many images that you can't help but try to imagine the lives of the children who called this home.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When I went inside, the light was dim, the floor sketchy in places, but the place certainly didn't disappoint. Probably the most impressive part, as you walk into it, is the chapel. It's such a large open space relative to the rest of the building.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I kept thinking about what a waste this all was.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-attachments field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">File Attachments</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/sites/default/files/2017-12/news_20100627_0924.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=379908" title="news_20100627_0924.pdf">June 17, 2010 - St. Martin Village Project Underway</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep03 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=495&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="FfeXk4M5adD4xi8dg53hZFBqANtloHhJeiKVk9iaNNw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 12 Jul 2008 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 495 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_German_Catholic_Orphanage#comments BOMARC Missile https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_BOMARC <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">BOMARC Missile</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 04/27/2008 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Aerial view of the base in operation." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="45806ded-e9e7-47c5-9db4-5d8669deb2d0" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/bomarc58.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">On a sunny Sunday morning, we decided to take a drive toward <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Bay,_Ontario" target="_blank">North Bay</a>. To this point, I hadn't been here very often except going through on my way to somewhere else. Today would be different though, as I hoped to chase down a few places of interest on my list. One in particular fascinated me, but I had already resigned myself to the likelihood that I wouldn't get past the gate.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When we arrived at the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIM-10_Bomarc" target="_blank">BOMARC</a> missile complex, just outside of North Bay, I was surprised to see the gate wide open, inviting me inside. I accepted the invitation and parked the vehicle. Soon, I noticed two men working, loading some things onto a large truck and I went over to introduce myself. As luck would have it, one of those men was the property owner and he was a little hazy on the history of his recent acquisition.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="BOMARC on static display in North Bay, Ontario." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="24d95dd5-073e-4b80-9c32-c724603f78fc" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_5009_0_0.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">In the later years of the 1950's, world politics were turbulent and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Diefenbaker" target="_blank&quot;">John Diefenbaker</a> struggled to navigate his party and his country through murky, troubled waters. He found himself faced with difficult choices on how Canada would contribute to the fledgling <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Aerospace_Defense_Command" target="_blank">NORAD</a> alliance designed to protect North America from the threat posed by the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Union" target="_blank">Soviet Union</a>, just over the Arctic Circle. A new interceptor, the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Canada_CF-105_Arrow" target="-blank">Avro Arrow</a>, was being designed, but the US was applying pressure to deploy a new surface-to-air missile (SAM) called the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIM-10_Bomarc" target="_blank">BOMARC</a>.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Diefenbaker ordered the end of the Arrow program and agreed to host the missiles in two locations. The first, just outside of North Bay. The second, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Macaza,_Quebec" target="_blank">La Macaza, Quebec</a>. Since the missiles came in two variants, one with conventional, high-explosive warheads, the other with low-yield nuclear warheads, it was uncertain to most Canadians which they were getting. This uncertainty ended in 1960 when it became known that the warheads would indeed be nuclear. This sparked debates and controversy until the collapse of Diefenbaker's government in 1963. He was replaced by <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lester_B._Pearson" target="_blank">Lester Pearson</a> who, after considerable reservations about the issue himself, ordered the receipt of the nuclear warheads.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="BOMARC in its hangar with technicians nearby." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="335e7b57-a84e-4b12-ad0f-535a8f24a33d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/bomar302.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) formed the 446 SAM Squadron in North bay, and later the 447 SAM Squadron in La Macaza. Both units were disbanded in 1972 after the Government of Canada decided that the BOMARC no longer served a useful purpose and closed the missile sites.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Some time after the base was closed, it was acquired by <a href="http://www.canadorecollege.ca/" target="_blank">Canadore College</a> and was used as a helicopter training facility. As that program grew in popularity, an opportunity came about to move to the airport, and once again the base was closed and put up for sale.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The owner and I stood and chatted for some time as I filled him in on some aspects of the site's history. He wasn't sure at that point what he was going to do with the place, but was cleaning up a lot of the waste and debris that had accumulated over the last three decades. In the meantime, he indicated they would be there for another hour or so and that I was welcome to look around until they were ready to leave. Knowing the clock was ticking, we set out immediately to photograph as much of the site as possible.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Looking down a row of missile hangars." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8311c1d7-dba3-4d7d-a706-7d3b1b0d18a4" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_5017_1.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">As we walked about the base, the most prominent feature is, of course, the rows and rows of identical buildings. These are shelters that housed each individual missile. Upon getting the word to launch, the missile was prepared by ground crews, the roof split in two and slid out on rails before the launcher lifted the missiles from a horizontal position to vertical. When launched, rockets would fire lifting the missile from the ground and giving it an initial kick of speed. Then, having reached a speed of almost Mach 2.5, the missile engaged two RAM Jets for cruising toward the target. It was guided by radio signals from the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semi-Automatic_Ground_Environment" target="_blank">SAGE</a> computer system using tracking data from various radar sites. Once near its target, the missile would activate its own on-board radar to fine tune its terminal course.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Looking down the row of missile hangars." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6adc0393-3a96-4538-92c6-d30087a272ad" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_5046.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">When we had finished our look around, I returned to where the owner was working and informed him we were leaving. I offered my thanks for his indulgence and we went on our way. A slim chance paid off in ways I wouldn't have imagined and I was smiling quite broadly as we passed through the gates to Highway 11.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><b>UPDATE February 22, 2010:</b><br /> This location is now being used for commercial storage. The YellowPages ad can be found <a href="http://www.yellowpages.ca/bus/Ontario/North-Bay/Bomarc-Site-Storage/4461658.html" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-videos-embed field--type-video-embed-field field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MvEnFyQCuz8?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep03 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title">Comment</h2> <a id="comment-40"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/40" typeof="schema:Comment"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/40#comment-40" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Bomarc Base</a></h3> <!-- /.header --> <footer> <p class="submitted"><span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jim Jackson (not verified)</span> on Sat, 10/20/2012 - 21:22</span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2012-10-21T01:22:00+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <span class="hidden new" data-comment-timestamp="1512744603"></span> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I was a student in the aviation program there in the 80's<br /> -The piston engine classroom was the former warhead storage area<br /> -the helicopter hangar was the former missile assembly hangar<br /> -the cafeteria was the former base admin office</p> <p>Sure brings back memories.</p></div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=40&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="8RxD22SSj5vnfxJTLnnbwsswMZnJXz7H4QvoCZiQGPQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <!-- /.comment --> <a id="comment-41"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/41" typeof="schema:Comment"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/41#comment-41" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">BOMARC Base</a></h3> <!-- /.header --> <footer> <p class="submitted"><span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Brian Hayward (not verified)</span> on Sat, 12/08/2012 - 19:14</span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2012-12-09T00:14:00+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <span class="hidden new" data-comment-timestamp="1512744685"></span> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I used to live in the trailer park behind the base from '72 to '76 after it was decomissioned.<br /> Was wondering what some of the buildings looked like. Thanx alot for this!</p></div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=41&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="A0mMZoJGsihZPNFFHICIThJQIiBjCGLmlqY3bTfE61U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <!-- /.comment --> <a id="comment-42"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/42" typeof="schema:Comment"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/42#comment-42" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Bomarc Base</a></h3> <!-- /.header --> <footer> <p class="submitted"><span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">David Sargant (not verified)</span> on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:42</span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2014-04-15T00:42:00+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <span class="hidden new" data-comment-timestamp="1512744760"></span> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I too went to school here in the 70's. The large building held the classrooms for the Aircraft Maintenance and Avionics Maintenance students. I recall some guys saying they got into the underground facilities but I never saw it myself. I believe the current owner considered developing it into a museum or displays but the cost was too high.</p></div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=42&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="jTyXG9yPp5HG-5eFR3y5lHxuBvcV4a0q5S4t0pXGl_g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <!-- /.comment --> <a id="comment-43"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/43" typeof="schema:Comment"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/43#comment-43" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">BOMARC Missile</a></h3> <!-- /.header --> <footer> <p class="submitted"><span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Bob Randall (not verified)</span> on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 10:16</span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2015-07-07T14:16:00+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <span class="hidden new" data-comment-timestamp="1512744824"></span> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I have had the privilege of seeing the BOMARS up close. The were awesome in their day,<br /> My Father, Squadron Leader Jack B. Randall was the last commanding officer up to the BOMARS retirement in the spring of 1973.</p></div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=43&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="0CBfscSMVhEtdl-7xNrRgPHHetR-E1pufZ6nBV81nNA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <!-- /.comment --> <a id="comment-44"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/44" typeof="schema:Comment"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/44#comment-44" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Pit Area</a></h3> <!-- /.header --> <footer> <p class="submitted"><span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">J. J. Frye (not verified)</span> on Fri, 11/18/2016 - 00:17</span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2016-11-18T05:17:00+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <span class="hidden new" data-comment-timestamp="1512744925"></span> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The pit area was about 7' deep. Steel grating covered it. You would have to duck to walk around in it. It covered an electronic ELE panel, hydraulic pump and accumulator bank, erector base and area for the erector assembly to swing down into. It was just in the area at the rear end of the shelter.</p></div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=44&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="qf3mmt8euf92bfJyrUCgxLdeia7MEJffOVboYOALmzg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <!-- /.comment --> <a id="comment-45"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/45" typeof="schema:Comment"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/45#comment-45" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Robert Leslie Odendahl- CA.E. Engineer At North Bay 1961-62</a></h3> <!-- /.header --> <footer> <p class="submitted"><span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anita Ledagrd (not verified)</span> on Mon, 07/24/2017 - 18:53</span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2017-07-24T22:53:00+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <span class="hidden new" data-comment-timestamp="1512745076"></span> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Thank you for your detailed site. I am transcribing my uncle's letters and he has mentioned his new job at the Bomarc Base. I was very interested to see the photos of a place where he spent some years of his life. This is an excerpt dated March 8 1961.<br /> " As to what happens next, it seems that for the coming year at least I’ll have to develop a personal interest in Bomarc Missiles, of all things. My current instructions are to show up at the Boing Aircraft Corp. plant in Seattle on July 10 for a period of training. Whenever this is accomplished I’ll be proceeding to the partially completed Bomarc Base at North Bay, remaining there until 1962 or perhaps longer. C.A.E. is not performing the installation, but we have the contract to monitor the technical aspects of the operation and ensure they meet requirements. Such things as guidance and telemetering systems differ in many respects from conventional radar and communications apparatus, so that between now and July most of my time will be spent boning up on the necessary facts. "</p></div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=45&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="D9IqdQcelzOYWuOyKEUJMQv21HcVrrmi6ZtFirVKILQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <!-- /.comment --> <a id="comment-187"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/187" typeof="schema:Comment"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/187#comment-187" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">37th ADMS Kinchelo AFB, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan</a></h3> <!-- /.header --> <footer> <p class="submitted"><span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Robert Ziegler Jr (not verified)</span> on Fri, 01/26/2018 - 16:17</span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-01-26T21:17:13+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <span class="hidden new" data-comment-timestamp="1517089905"></span> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I worked with the missiles and shelters from July 1968 till Jan. 1972. I loved every minute of it.<br /> Some of my jobs were off loading and reloading the boost case engines, de-fueling and refueling the missiles,<br /> And maintaining the shelters. The site was near a small town called Raco, MI, about 35 miles west of Kinchelo AFB, which was about 35 miles south of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.<br /> <a href="mailto:zieggy@juno.com">zieggy@juno.com</a></p> </div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=187&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="G_xMEXJrpZlros_Mgj6vrND9GZppZJyJEVwkKWHQVpw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <!-- /.comment --> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=199&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="p_NjtD5nnAt3oQIZqcaWPlalEwZdchPHkE9x12gnD4g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 27 Apr 2008 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 199 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_BOMARC#comments Prince Edward Heights https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Prince_Edward <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Prince Edward Heights</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/16/2007 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_CFB_Picton" hreflang="en">CFB Picton</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Front of the main building." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b7ae9ff9-fc68-42bc-be41-f8bd9e755f09" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_3942.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">While looking for somewhere else completely, I accidentally drove onto this property while on summer vacation. It was instantly clear that it was no longer serving its intended purpose, and that it had once belonged to the military. It just has that look. We stepped out of the truck and took a brief look around before we were approached by the current tenants of the building. We spoke for a short time about the building and its history, and my interest in it. In short time, they were kind enough to grant me permission to go inside and take pictures.</p> <p><img alt="Stairway inside the main entrance." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9462d6c6-11db-4d66-8e40-dbfc733c7b11" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_3944.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">As near as I've been able to determine, the facility began life with the Canadian Armed Forces, and was later used as a nursing home from around 1970 until its eventual closure in 1999. It lay vacant for quite some time, was briefly considered as a potential "boot camp" for young offenders before being sold and used as a paintball battleground.</p> <p><img alt="Kitchen facilities." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3455ceee-2b12-4d62-a7f7-ee057d034c74" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_3955.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I have seen more recent photos of the interior, and I have to say that things have deteriorated considerably. Paint balls certainly do their damage, and leave their mark upon everything. Any resemblance to what it once was is now mostly supplied by memory, nostalgia or imagination. Still, I have always preached my belief that older buildings should be repurposed rather than just being demolished, so I should take solace that it's even still standing.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=596&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="ZcfEBemeFK9eAE7s5J-9pByrimy8lBglDikHqkYLuzc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 16 Aug 2007 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 596 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Prince_Edward#comments