|Old jet fighter, center of town|
In the previous posts I talked allot about isolation and
prisons, well, because it feels like that for me right now. I am on a small tug
near the town of Stephenville, in western Newfoundland. We are docked at the
site of the old pulp mill, abandoned a few years ago.
I was coming back from
town the other day, after paying the cab driver his $30 for the “grand tour”, I
could not help to think that I had found the inspiration for the TV series, The
You see the town of Stephenville
is actually a former US
military base, the Ernest Harmon Air Force Base. Newfoundland was, not that long ago, part of Britain. The Brits,
needing military assets from the US, in exchange made a deal to let the US
establish numerous bases in Newfoundland.
|Hope you like scenery, cuz there ain't much else|
|Well, at least its big|
When Newfoundland joined confederation, it became part of
Canada, and the US eventually left the military bases, at least in Stephenville,
pretty much as they had built it.
The town has the charming, if not utilitarian, looks of the
military, and makes quite a sight. The center piece of the town, is the giant runway of the
former base, literally the pride of the town, despite the fact that no national air
carrier lands here.
One of the main roads into town, Carolina Avenue, is actually part
of the abandoned tarmac,and runs pass the numerous World War 2 era airplane hangars, in
various states of disrepair. A munition bunker is still quite visible down on Missouri
Drive. You see, most of the town’s streets are named
after US states.
|That about covers it. One stop shopping, take that Costco !|
|World domination, right from NFLD|
On Indiana Drive, you’ll find one of the two story utilitarian
rectangles, adorned with campy ”southern” columns; that's the former base’s
The other rectangles, stereotypical barracks, have been
turned into rental housing. One of the former barracks has been turned into a
hotel; a new definition of a boutique hotel - take that Toronto!
Now, I am here in the middle of a long winter, its slippery,
there is lots of snow, and it’s cold. So people are bundled to the hilts, and
slow moving. Trying to speak with all those layers on, only result in mumbling
|Stephenville, or Walking Dead set?|
As a fan of TV show, The Walking Dead, and other zombie shows, the
sight of Stephenville, old abandoned military base and its “wandering”
locals, is just priceless.