Today, I did one of the rides that I have wanted to do for a while. It is a local area that I visit during the month of October for pheasant hunting. I have never been there during the winter months when the water fills it in, so I just wanted to see what it looks like this time of the year. My 13 year old daughter saw me leaving for my ride on my road yesterday and told me that I owed her a ride today. With that in mind, I chose to share this area with her so she see part of our local history and take a few pictures.
The area we went to is a decommissioned WWII training camp. It was Called Camp Adair and housed 4 divisions. In 1942 it opened and was closed as a training base in 1944. From 1944 to 1946, it became a POW camp for mostly German soldiers. Now the area is partly a wildlife area, and part of the old buildings are still used in the town of Adair Village for a school and firehouse. There is some information about the camp ,for those that are interested, by googling Camp Adair. I only thought it fitting that my Iwo Jima tribute jersey be worn for its first ride there in honor of the men that served in that war.
Here are some of the pictures that my daughter and I took while riding in part of the wildlife area today.
This is one of the entry signs into the wildlife portion of the old camp.
There are hundreds (maybe over a thousand) of foundation ruins like this at the site
This most likely is an underground portion of a supply depot.
Many areas like this provide winter habitat for waterfowl in the area.
The base was truly massive, the roads seem endless at times.