July 20, 2012

"So what, for instance, might something like a Yodaville National Park, or Urban Target Complex National Monument, look like?"

"How would it be managed, touristed, explored, mapped, and understood? What sorts of trails and interpretive centers might it host? Alternatively, in much the same way that the Unabomber's cabin is currently on display at the Newseum in Washington D.C., could Yodaville somehow, someday, become part of a distributed collection of sites owned and operated by the Smithsonian, the National Building Museum, or, for that matter, UNESCO, in the latter case with Arizona's simulated battlegrounds joining Greek temples as world heritage sites?"



The Drill SGT said...

Worked on a project that digitized data on all of the Army's firing ranges world-wide in an environmental compliance effort. Bottom line: The Army has some cheap real estate. You don't want to visit.

The Navy is a different story. You could pay off half the national debt (j/k) buy selling off Coronado Island, but you'd have to deal with the SEAL infestation first, and those suckers are hard to remove.

Paddy O said...

Out on the Channel Islands National Park, off the coast of SoCal, there are remnants of old WWII stations, that used to watch for incoming planes or ships. I think Santa Barbara Island is the one I'm remembering the most.

It's mostly just slabs of concrete with a marker. San Miguel Island was used for bombing practice. Still is used as such by ravens and seabirds.

Those remnants of military use, coincide nicely with the grave marker on San Miguel Island for Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo (not his actual grave as that's never been found).

Two of the Channel Islands (San Clemente and San Nicolas) are still owned by the Navy and public access is not allowed.

edutcher said...

I have a feeling this is where the people who get a thumbs down from the death panels will end up.