Friday, January 02, 2009

Street Scenes of Port Chicago

Royal Hotel and Restaurant at the foot of Main, where travelers could get off the train get a meal and lodging

Smith Hospital (photo dedicated to Florence Ratched)

Blue Star Theater

Theatre after the Explosion on July 17, 1944. Playing that night to 195 viewers was "China" starring Alan Ladd and Loretta Young. The explosion in Apollo language is "A Whoopsie moment" or in military, SNAFU.

More damage. Hotel at foot of Main

Main St., around 1952

Main St., 1968, just months before vanishing into non-existence

This is the town that was destroy. This community, gone. The family, the friends the bonds, the comraderie. Ran over with legislation and a bulldozer.


At Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 7:57:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photos. Keep them. Soon people will forget unless you do.

At Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 2:22:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Warren Buschman and I was 8 years old and living in Port Chicago when the ships exploded. Our apartment was at the corner of Main St. and I think Minnesota St. A piece of one of the ships fell through our roof just on the other side of the wall from where I was sleeping. These picture have brought back a lot of memories.

At Friday, September 11, 2015 at 10:57:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, I'm disturbed that you have lifted images from my copyrighted book "Images of America: Port Chicago. This may fall short of infringement to the level of civil litigation, but it is bad form. All is forgiven if you'd like to participate with the Bay Point Historical Society to share and preserve the history. We could really use a good blogger. Of course, everyone in the society is a volunteer. Google us and join. Dean McLeod


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