Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Lindsey Air Station: Twenty Years Later

From 1945 to 1993.....Lindsey Air Station existed in Wiesbaden and was a Air Force installation.

To be honest, the Nassau government of the 1860s had started the military function of the 'camp' with a couple of barracks, a military hospital, and laundry.  The Prussians came later to utilize the camp.  And in the 1930s.....the German Bundeswehr under the Nazis built up a number of buildings onto the site.

It was a limited area....probably one kilometer by one kilometer....with probably forty buildings during the Air Force period.

For twenty years....up until 1973....it was the headquarters for Air Force in Europe.  After 1973.....they moved out to Ramstein.

It was a unique part of town....a US installation within the city limits and where you could walk out the gate and jump on a bus and be at the end of Wiesbaden within fifteen minutes.  Landscaping made it an attractive site, with historic buildings as part of the base.

Today?  Most of the street names have remained the same.  Willie Brandt Alle replaced Lucas Ave.  The term "Europaviertel" is the name for the neighborhood now.  I'd take a guess that twenty additional buildings have been added to the grounds....mostly as middle-income housing or apartments.  The baseball field still remains and gets used.  The chief occupant or user of the site is the VHS (the community college of Wiesbaden).

If you walk around, there's one statue or monument in place to note the contributions of those from the Air Station.  You wouldn't really know that this was a former military base if you looked at the way that they've landscaped it and made it into part of the city structure.

Food-wise?  The only restaurant on the property is Leib and Seele Bisto....a small operation on the main street (along Willie Brandt Alle).     If you cross the street, there are a dozen places....most of them that former military folks would remember from the 1980s (KFC is still around).

It's been 23 years since the closure, and if you asked anyone under the age of 30 who is a resident of the city....most don't know the whole story behind the neighborhood. It's just another part of the city.

1 comment:

Troy Swezey said...

If my memory serves, my ex used to have her office there when she was with DODDS before they relocated to American Arms.
DODDS moving to American Arms was super convenient for us since we lived something like 170 meters from there.