Monday, November 18, 2013

Abandonment: Boron Air Force Station/Boron Federal Prison - Boron, California (Part 1)

Old Yield Sign - Boron, California
There is an old military base out in the lonely Mojave Desert in California that I've wanted to visit for some time now. This base, the Boron Air Force Station, sits abandoned and decaying.

The base first opened in January of 1952. It was part of an air defense network that operated radar sites, providing detection and early warning of any non-friendly aircraft. Boron Air Force Station closed in June of 1975 and, in 1979, it was converted to a minimum security federal prison. The prison closed in 2000. The Federal Aviation Administration jointly used this base for radar beginning in the 1960's, and continues to use the location to this day.
Abandoned Hand Ball Courts - Boron, California
The site is completely abandoned except for a small area that the FAA uses and maintains. There are no "no trespassing" signs except around that one area, which is also fenced.

The place was easy to find. Heading north on U.S. 395 out of Kramer's Junction, there is a fairly nondescript paved road to the west. The base sits a couple miles down that road. There are no gates to keep people out.

I captured these photographs this last Saturday using a Sigma DP2 Merrill camera.
Load Not To Exceed 2,000 Lbs. - Boron, California
Crate Bathroom - Boron, California
Low High Voltage - Boron, California
Three Shadows - Boron, California
Return Weights To Rack - Boron, California
Lost And Found - Boron, California
Shower Art - Boron, California
Sports T.V. - Boron, California
Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5.

See also: Abandonment - George Air Force Base Housing.

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