Boron Air Force Station, California
The Boron Air Force Station was built citadel like on a hill overlooking a vast flat expanse of desert. You can see its domed radar tower from many miles in any direction. The base was built in 1950-52 and used by the Air Force until 1975. After it was deactivated, a portion of the base was used as a federal prison until 2000. When the prison closed the entire base complex was abandoned. Signs indicate that the FAA is currently using the site for something but I saw no indication that any FAA personal were at the site. The radar tower might be in use. I didn't make it up to the tower because the road to the tower was strewn with rocks and metal and I didn't want to get too far from my car. It was one of the creepiest places I've ever been. All of the buildings looked like they had been attacked by violent drug crazed maniacs. It's a very isolated location- but not so isolated that squatters couldn't live there. It's nine miles from the gas stations at the intersection of highways 395 and 58. I had an unnerving sensation that I was being watched while I was there and since I was alone, I decided not to walk around and explore the buildings much.
It was very easy to get to the base in 2014. Locust Road, which leads into the base is 8 miles North of 58 on 395. There is a sign saying something about the FAA at the turn off and you can see the radar tower clearly. There are small parking areas on both sides of Locust Road. As Locust Road leaves the parking areas towards the abandoned base there is a tiny, completely easy to miss no-trespassing sign. The base is a mile away from 395. The base has a section of about 20 single detached officers' homes that are ripped to shreds. There are about 8 two story barracks buildings and several administrative and other structures. There are some hangers (helicopter?) and other military buildings higher on the hill near the radar tower. The Boron Air Force Station is more like a post-apocalyptic movie set than anywhere I've been. I'm surprised no one has used it for filming, yet.
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