This past Saturday while I was being transported via school bus to the Reading Air Show, I happen to notice one of the old Army Barracks left over from WWII. I had known about these before, but totally forgot about them. In passing one of the old buildings my memory returned to what these were used for long ago during the War. Almost all of them are now gone to history, but a very few have survived the 70 some years.

This is just 1 of the 4 that are still surviving the years. Used as a POW barrack during the War to house German prisoners captured in 1945. This building has gone under a number of use’s after the war. Used as storage now, it once held a Machine Shop, Welding Shop, and other use’s that I don’t know about. It once had single apartment rooms where some families could live after the War. The single rooms were not very big at all and had no air-conditioning. Heat for the Winter was via stove in each room. There was also no garage door back then. That was added years later.

The same barracks in the distance, but this shows where another building once stood.

This is the only original door-way to a apartment that I found. Still has a lock on it. The Green door was once another entrance to another apartment.

Just another one of the old barracks that still are here. The door way to a apartment is still visible. Another barrack is off to the right of this Image.

This is the old building that sparked my memory while driving by it. Not much is left to tell what was once here, except the 1 door at the far end of the building that has 2 windows. The heat stack still is here, but falling apart. The Airport does not keep these buildings in repair at all.

It’s a shame that these old barracks are fading into history. There has been alot of things that happened here long ago, but I can find no information on them. I even asked around, but no one seems to know.

Thanks for stopping by.


Published by Les

I am 75 yrs. young and now retired. I worked in the Machinist Trade for 24 yrs. Served in the US Navy with a Tour of Duty in Vietnam. Being retired I do enjoy Photography with my Nikon and Pentax Camera's, snooping around in Historic and Abandoned places, using my Scroll Saw, Reading, Travel, riding a bicycle on the many Trails that are around my area, and what-ever else will interest me at the time. Come with me and see where I go, where I have been, and my Life surviving Retirement.

2 thoughts on “OLD ARMY BARRACKS

    1. I just love “snooping around” in Historic area’s. I just happen to pass by these old barracks & remembered them from long ago. I had a hard time believing that there were once small families living in those things. No air-conditioning at all! Just what you provide. It must have been brutal during Summer!

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