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Now in ruins, Pyote Army Air Base was nicknamed Rattlesnake Bomber Base because of the prevalence of rattlesnake nests encountered during its construction. WWII bomber pilots were trained her. For a while after the war the Enola Gay, the bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, was hangered here.

To see a markers dedicated to this site and the first bomber squadron trained at Rattlesnake Bomber Base Click Here and Here

Thanks for the photo Jim. I graduated HS in Rockdale and remember seeing this when it was dilapidated back in the 80's. Thanks for the links too.

Sure LAG770 No problem

To see a marker dedicated to the first bomber squadron trained at Rattlesnake Bomber Base Click Here http://www.panoramio.com/photo/23744744

Originally named Pyote Army Air Field, it later became Pyote Air Force Station, AKA "Rattlesnake Bomber Base."

Many WWII bomber pilots were trained here. This historical marker commemorates 381st Bomb Group, the first bomber group trained here.

More information can be found here http://www.texasescapes.com/WorldWarII/Pyote-Air-Force-Station-AKA-Rattlesnake-Bomber-Base-Texas.htm

Now a ghost town, Shafter was once a silver mining "company town" where the miners were totally dependent on the company. Though not obvious from the picture this is a rather large town cemetery.

Now a ghost town, Shafter was once a silver mining "company town" where the miners were totally dependent on the company. These are typical graves in a rather large town cemetery.

Shafter was once a silver mining town. For a while it was a full-fledged "company town" with the miners totally dependent on the company.

In the 1960's was used for early scenes in the science fiction movie "The Andromeda Strain".

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