“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Twin Creeks in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Military Community

Military Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, February 14, 2018
1. Military Community Marker
Captions: (bottom left) Swimming pool with squadron headquarters in the background, 1959; (bottom center) Military housing on Mount Umunhum, 1959.
Recreation at Home
Remains of a swimming pool are a visual reminder of a thriving community of military families that lived at the Almaden Air Force Station between 1957 and 1980. Hundreds of people live in military housing near this location over the span of nearly a quarter century.

People recreated and entertained on the summit of Mount Umunhum in the swimming pool, bowling alley, dining hall, non-commissioned officer's club, and outdoors. Military families who lived here appreciated the remote feeling and the magnificent views. Some people often drove down to the valley below while others found all the community and recreation they needed right here at "home." Children who took the Air Force bust to school in the valley often experienced a dramatic change of climate, sometimes leaving a snow covered mountain and arriving at a warm schoolyard below. This rich, thriving community forever shaped peoples lives, as heard in the unique stories told by those who lived here.

Flag Pole
The flag pole (picture on the left) was considered the center of the Almaden Air
Military Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, February 14, 2018
2. Military Community Marker
The marker is at the right end of the shelter.
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Force Station. It was the focal point of the military's presence here and was where the most important ceremonies were held. The U.S. flag flew with pride, representing the Air Force personnel that staffed the station around the clock for 22 years. On March 29, 1980, during the station closure ceremony, the flag was ceremonially lowered and folded and presented to the Commander who then donated the flag to the New Almaden Museum in San Jose.
Erected by Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWar, Cold. A significant historical date for this entry is March 29, 1980.
Location. 37° 9.575′ N, 121° 54.004′ W. Marker is near Twin Creeks, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Mount Umunhum Road near Mount Umunhum-Loma Prieta Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17100 Mount Umunhum Trail, San Jose CA 95120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Sacred Site (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early People of Mount Umunhum (about 700 feet away); Scanning the Skies (about 700 feet away); Miners and Settlers (approx. Ό mile away); Wood Road & Jacques Ridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); Burrell School
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(approx. 3.2 miles away); Mine Hill (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Rossi Retort (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Twin Creeks.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Mount Umunhum picnic shelter.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 5, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 5, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Dec. 5, 2022