Arial view - 50's McNair Kaserne 32nd Signal emblem

A cold war look at the former home of the 32nd Signal Battalion, the 201st Signal Company, the 17th Signal Battalion, and some other groups.
 
AFTER WE LEFT
1998 Anonymous 2000 Castino 2003 Mitchell 2008 Otoupal 2009 Beal 2010 Tony

1998

The following image is courtesy of an anonymous friend.

She writes:
I visited McNair Kaserne in 1998 and was shocked at the neglect. An area that was once lively and busy with soldiers coming and going, was a ghost town... deserted, grass overgrown, guarded by howling german shepherds behind a chain link fence....."
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1998 image
Anonymous: "The entrance to McNair as it was in early 2000's.  If you squint, you can barely make out those indestructible pink curtains inside the entrance, and towards the back. In the bottom left corner of the second picture, there is a German Sheppard barking at me, behind the gate. Can you see his eyes shining thru the bars?

(It looks much better nowadays, my friend.)


2000

The following images are courtesy of Mike Castino during a March 2000 trip.

Mike writes:
Much has changed in Hoechst as of 2000 it has really become an outlying area of Frankfurt proper. That row of lombardy poplar that used to line the street towards the ball field and cemetery are gone and there are all houses along there now. Very crowded! I am sure that now there is even more construction as the motor pool if full of housing. It's a weird feeling much like when you were a kid and go back to a place that doesn't seem that big anymore even though we were big at the time WIERD.
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2000 image
The left image is looking north in front Michael Barracks.
The upper right image is looking south from the Motor Pool entrance. The building on the right is Michael Barracks.
The lower right image is looking north towards the Motor Pool entrance. The Motor Pool is in the process of being cleaned up after we vacated.

 

2000 image
"There were ducks in front of the quad (main gate) being kept by I believe foreign workers still living there at the time.
The Trinkhalle (Uli's) was still off the the left side when facing the quad and I had Einen Bier for old times sake."


2003

The following images are courtesy of Randy Mitchell during a September 2003 trip.

Randy writes:
I was a young child when my father was stationed at McNair from 1960 to 1963 but I remember it well. I was career artillery officer and spent much of my time in Germany [3 tours] and went there several times during my tours from 80-83, 89-92 and 93-96. I visited again in September of 2003 and was surprised that so much of the kaserne remained and in fact had been rebuilt and was actively being used for offices, gasthauses, etc. The old theater where I spend so many hours as a young child was still in operation. The gym, bowling alley and ball fields were gone – replaced by multi-family housing. The family housing area was obviously still being used.
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2003 image
West entrance of McNair. Photo taken looking east from the parking lot across the street.
2003 image
The right side of the Recreation Center on the left and the Library on the right.
The theater is off camera to the left.
McNair is off camera to the right.
The building is now a Restaurant.
2003 image
The left side of the Recreation Center?
The Theater is just off camera to the left.
This is a daycare center in 2008.
2003 image
Photo taken at the same place as the photo on the left.
This is the Theater. It is still a theater.
2003 image
Photo taken from same place at the two above photos, but 180 degrees around.
Photos shows the old Library and the top of the north side of McNair behind it.
2003 image
Photo looking south and showing the northwest corner of McNair.
Photo taken from the sidewalk in front of the old Theater (blue building on left).
2003 image
Photo looking north down Windthorst Strasse.
The blue building on the right is the old Library.
The Theater can be barely seen behind the trees on the right.
Photo taken from the northwest corner of McNair.
2003 image
I am not sure what this building is.
It may be the old married housing apartments.
2003 image
I'm not sure where this photo was taken.
2003 image
I am not sure where this photo was taken either, but it does look vaguely familiar.
2008

"Now, I'm not going to spend a whole day recoding a couple dozen web pages full of vacation photos just to fit the format for this web site."
So what you can do is just GO TO THIS PAGE and have a look at the photos and descriptions.
When you are done, please head on back to this web site. Thanks!"

2009

The following images are courtesy of Diane Beal (McManus) during an April 2009 trip.

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2009 image
Photo taken looking at the south-east corner of McNair. You are looking at the old HHQ or Delta company building. Uli's is off to the left. The east entrance is off to the right. The railroad tracks are behind you in this photo, as is the walk path to downtown Hoechst.
2009 image
Photo taken about 100 feet to the right of the previous photo. You are still looking at the old HHQ or Delta company building. The east entrance is just to the right of this photo.
2009 image
The north/west corner of McNair. The building across the street was the library. Behind the trees on the far left is the front doors to the theater.
2009 image
This building is just east along the tracks from the Hoechst bahnhof. To the left of the photo is the underpass most G.I.'s took the get across the tracks on their way between the kaserne and the bahnhof.
2010

The following images are courtesy of Tony. He works in the old Drake Edwards Kaserne building.

Tony writes:

(J)ust wanted to send you some pics of Hoechst 2010 and my job. We are stationed at former Edwards_Drake Kaserne at Homburger Landstrasse in Frankfurt-Frankfurter Berg. After the US Army the German Federal Police took over...

I'm l(i)ving close to Hoechst and used to work for the US Army from 1969 to 1973, doing transportations. We had to prepare the RTO duty trains together with the MP going from Frankfurt to Bremerhaven and Berlin-Lichterfelde West. We also went for Maneuvers to Baumholder, Wildflecken and GrafenwC6.

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2010 image
Tony says: "The new Polizei building is of the Hessen State Police. The Federal Police organization is different, we include the former "Bahnpolizei" (railway police), the BGS (former border police) and the FRA airport police. "
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Drake-Edwards Kaserne. I don't remember going there...

2010 image
The good - old Hoechst Castle.
2010 image
Buildings around Hoechst...
2010 image
Buildings around Hoechst...

2010 image
Buildings around Hoechst...
"Wappen" translates to "Coat of Arms"
That's one loud coat 8-)...

2010 image
Buildings around Hoechst...
2010 image
Anyone have a story about this place?
2010 image
This is down by the Main river, I think.
2010 image
This building doesn't ring any bells with me..
2010 image
Tony says: "The small river is the Nidda coming from Nied WC6rthspitze (?) Park, that flows into the Main river at Hoechst" The Hoechst Castle is in the background.
2010 image
Remember Hertie, the big department store in downtown Hoechst?
A memory now gone forever...
2010 image
Another photo of 'The Place That Was Once Hertie".
2010 image
Castle festival July 2nd. Ahh, the long tables full of new friends and beer...
2010 image
Castle festival July 2nd. Makes want to be in the crowd...
2010 image
This is labeled "New theater at Emmerich-Josef-Str 2010".
I used to live on Emmerich-Josef-Str and asked Tony for a photo or two...
2010 image
"Renovation eastern part of Emmerich-Josef-Str 2010."
I lived in an apartment on the left of this photo. Hey, it may be of no interest to anyone but me, but it's my sandbox here!
No, I didn't steal the street when I left either. It wouldn't fit in my carry-on.

2010 image
Labeled "Your McNair in Hoechst".
Tony, it never was ours. We just borrowed it for awhile to make a few friends...
and a few memories.

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