A couple folks I was chatting with in another thread expressed interest in seeing what the former "Ft. Ord" Army base looks like now that it has been deactivated for a number of years. I live in what is now civilian housing (and used to be officer's quarters), and although I've lived here for a number of years now, I never really thought to take photos to document the base.
A little background to begin with. Ft. Ord is located in Monterey County, on the coast of Central California. It covers a large area of sand dunes, scrub brush, and hills dotted with the occasional oak trees. It is bordered on the north by Marina, the south by Seaside (next to Monterey), and to the east by Salinas (made famous by John Steinbeck). The base was home to many thousands of troops at any given time. In fact my father was just visiting yesterday, and he went through boot camp at Ft. Ord in the late 1950's.
The base is now owned by a number of different entities. The cities of Marina and Seaside each got large chunks. The BLM owns a lot of the open country on the eastern side, and the newly formed California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) occupies a fair chunk of it. Although a lot of the old buildings have been bulldozed to make room for newer enterprises (there is a large REI, Target, Best Buy, etc. shopping center on part), the majority of the old buildings still stand in one degree or another of dilapidation. The military still has housing for service men and women who are attending the Naval Postgraduate School and the Defense Language Institute.
When you drive through large sections of abandoned buildings stretching block after block, it really gives a feeling like I get when I see pictures of Chernobyl. You can't help but let your mind wander and picture it with thousands of troops, bustling activity, and well-maintained shrubbery and grass lawns.
On to the pictures:
As I said earlier, Ft. Ord occupies a large stretch of beautiful coastline. One of the things I'd like to get some shots of are the ammo bunkers that are burrowed into the sand dunes, but that will have to wait for a later photo outing:
Forgive me for the quality of some of these photos, I'm still making friends with my new 17-40 lens (not to mention my mediocre photo skills:lol:
These three-story (plus basement) concrete barracks stretch for block after block, with each block having roughly ten or 12 of the buildings. On other parts of the base the older, wooden barracks do the same thing: