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Near Lewistown in Fergus County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Recreation Building

Lewistown Satellite Airfield Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
1. Recreation Building Marker
Inscription.  Essential for maintaining morality and morale, the Recreation Building was one of the busiest spots on base. A host of activities provided wholesome entertainment to occupy the airmen's off-duty hours. Events included amateur nights on Mondays, movies on Tuesdays and Thursdays, dances on Wednesdays, boxing on Fridays, and religious services and sing-alongs on Sundays. Saturday dances, held downtown at the Civic Center, and regularly scheduled athletic competitions between the airmen and local high school teams filled out a recreational schedule designed to keep the men busy and out of trouble. Lewistown families, many of whom had sons serving overseas, embraced the young airmen and answered the Air Force's call for donations to furnish the Recreation Building's ""clubroom."" Young women of certified good moral character, escorted by senior USO chaperones, rode buses to the base on Wednesdays for the dances. Elsewhere known as ""Victory Belles,"" in Lewistown these patriotic dance partners dubbed themselves the ""bomba-dears."" Far from home, anticipating deployment into grave danger, and eager for distraction, the airmen welcomed such tangible
Recreation Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
2. Recreation Building and Marker
The marker is just to the right of the entrance.
signs of the community's support and goodwill.
 
Erected by The Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 2.823′ N, 109° 27.499′ W. Marker is near Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is at the intersection of West Aztec Drive and Horizon Drive, on the left when traveling west on West Aztec Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 119 West Aztec Drive, Lewistown MT 59457, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Armament Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Crew Chief Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Hangar (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewiston Satellite Airfield Historic District (about 300 feet away); All Purpose Shop (about 400 feet away); Operations and Alert Building (about 400 feet away); Pre-War Hangar (about 500 feet away); Bombsite Storage Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewistown.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the former Lewistown Satellite Airfield, now the Lewiston Airport.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceEntertainmentWar, World II
 
Recreation Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
3. Recreation Building
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 15, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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