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Forgotten Places

(June 19–27, 2010)

Paul Cowley

Heygate Estate

Jim Cole

Forgotten Amidst Re-growth

E. E. Wilson Wildlife Area, Oregon, USA

June 21, 2010 16:07 PST

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Camp Adair was a US Army training facility in World War 2. After the war it served several other purposes, but little remains of any of these uses today. Virtually all that remains of a facility housing nearly 40,000 people are a few small concrete remnants. Without local informational signs, the place would now be nearly forgotten.

Today instead of army barracks, the area is now the E. E. Wilson Wildlife Area. Instead of bunkers, there are viewing blinds for watching wildlife; instead of roads, trails; instead of training facilities, fishing ponds. In addition, once forgotten wetlands are being restored as nature reclaims the area more and more completely.

The few concrete structures visible in this picture are typical of the remaining ones; it takes effort to find them. As they continue to fade away, we enjoy meadows of wild daisies, groves of trees, and active marshes.

(The spot was trampled already when I got there. :-) )

Nikon D300, Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye, Nodal Ninja 5, PTGui, Photoshop

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