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The Buckner building.

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by texascbx, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. texascbx

    texascbx SC Veteran

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    Jul 10, 2010
    Canton Texas
    Ricky
    I took these images when my wife and I were in Whittier. The Buckner Building was a military building built in Whittier. It was damaged in the 1964 earthquake and was abandoned. Asbestos everywhere has kept it from being torn down or renovated. The walls are about two feet thick concrete, built to withstand Japanese bombs. The building had a cafeteria, sleeping quarters, a gym, shooting range, theater, hospital, store and anything else needed by the military.

    Just click inside the box to go to the full screen slide show. Sorry if you don't have flash.:biggrin:

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  2. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Wow, the inside looks pretty trashed. Where's Whittier at?
     
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  3. texascbx

    texascbx SC Veteran

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    Jul 10, 2010
    Canton Texas
    Ricky
    Alaska. It's covered in clouds most of the time and is surrounded by mountains so they thought it would be a good place to build a military installation. It snows so much there in the wintertime, they built tunnels to the harbor and the other large 12 story building that was the officers quarters so they did not have to get out in the snow. The building is built in sections to withstand earthquakes and bombs, but the big earthquake in 1964 shook all the pipes loose and they really did not need the harbor anymore. Anti aircraft guns where placed all around Whittier too and they are all gone, but the bomb proof ammunition storage buildings are still there and will probably be there forever.

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    Blast proof hinges.

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    Inside the structures is very creepy.

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    The doors are heavy duty.

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    They did not allow photographs when it was being used as a military base so there are very few images of it in it's prime. Several giant fuel tanks where abandoned when the military left.

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  4. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Very interesting - just imagining the logistics of building in that remote and frigid area.
     
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  5. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Ricky, thank you for the series and the backstory. It all seems like such a huge waste - it is a huge waste and makes me sad and ashamed that that was all left there to rot. You've made some very haunting pictures from that visit - the ones that hit home the hardest for me at the shots that show the pristine mountains in juxtaposition. Strong stuff.
     
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