Day 220 – August 8, 2019
This would be a great setting for a creepy zombie movie or post apocalyptic film. Back in the 90’s the government shut down a number of military bases across the U.S. A couple I grew up in were victims of this budget saving decision. This is another. Tucked away in the mountains lies Fort Ritchie. I have taken some photos here before, a long time ago, but nothing like these. The funny thing about this base is that there is a small number of housing that is still occupied by some families of those who are stationed at nearby Camp David or Site R. But the majority of the complex is a ghost town. The hope for a number of these bases was that private companies would come in and buy up land or buildings. In fact, the community center on this base is now a public gym. The base itself is open for anyone to drive through and it is quite a neat trip through the past. As you can see the row of quarters, from the side, look well organized, nut upon closer inspection you will see that a majority of them are in shambles. They probably should just tear them down. But it is still a blast to the past and a great place to let your imagination run wild.