Hitchcock, Texas: WW 2 Blimp Base RemainsTowering pillars are all that remain of a World War II dirigible hangar.
- Blimp Base Blvd., Hitchcock, TX
- Just west of Highway 6 on FM 2004 and Blimp Base Blvd.
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The four pillars are pretty much the only thing left. The blimp hanger was built in 1942. After the war it was used for a number of purposes until 1961, when it was damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Carla.[Evans, 03/17/2015]
When I was a kid in the 1960s the Goodyear blimp was often tied here when not in use. I saw it many times.[Native Texan, 09/09/2013]
The four giant pillars that supported the door for the airship hanger are all that remain of this once-mighty blimp base. That, and the memories of the former kids who saw the blimps.
WW 2 Blimp Base Remains
Remains of a WW 2 Blimp Base. Recently purchased and renovated for a business. For decades this has been a somewhat puzzling site to drivers along FM 2004 near Galveston. Four gigantic pillars rise out of the prairie in the middle of nowhere. Very impressive![L Samuel, 10/05/2010]
The LTA (lighter than air) base was built in 1943-44 to dispatch blimps for German U-boat spotting in the Gulf of Mexico. By the time it was operational, the U-boats were no longer a problem. The giant pillars from the blimp hangar were too expensive to demolish, so here they remain.