Hitchcock, Texas: WW 2 Blimp Base Remains

Towering pillars are all that remain of a World War II dirigible hangar.
Address:
Blimp Base Blvd., Hitchcock, TX
Directions:
Just west of Highway 6 on FM 2004 and Blimp Base Blvd.
Hours:
June 2015: Reported public access discouraged.
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Blimp base remains.

WW 2 Blimp Base Remains

There are a lot of signs that say private road and no trespassing. We were able to see it and get a picture but it's at what appears to be a business and you get the feeling they don't want you there.

[Laura, 06/28/2015]
WWII Blimp Base

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]
WW 2 Blimp Base Remains

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.

Historical view of blimp hangar.

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.

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