16 August 2010

Farragut Naval Base in Idaho

Farragut State park was once a Naval Base during WWII. It was opened in 1942. Due to the fear of more strikes on other shoreline bases this one was built inland near Bayview, ID along the shore of Lake Pend Oreille. Lake Pend Oreille offer an inland location with a lake that is deep enough for submarine testing. Today the submarines are subcontracted and not done by the military. The base it's self has been turned into a lovely state park. The Naval Brig is the only building still standing of the old base, that now serves as a museum to preserve the history of the base. You can read more about the history of the base here. If you would like to know more about the park for it's recreational value today, go here.

Below are two photos I took on our visit yesterday. The first is of my children standing in from the the statue that was erected to honor the Naval Sailors that lost their lives in WWII. On the face are more faces etched. No two are a like, and in the front on the ground are cement step stones with the impression of booted feet. Again no two are alike and they are suppose to represent the sailors standing at attention. The other photo is of my daughter riding my parents horse, Bunny. They brought the horses out where we spent a few hours riding the trails. It is absolutely beautiful there.

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