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Roswell in Chaves County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Walker Air Force Base

1941-1967

 
 
Walker Air Force Base Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 10, 2017
1. Walker Air Force Base Marker
Inscription. Roswell Army Air Field was established in 1941 and renamed after New Mexico native Brig. Gen. Kenneth Walker in 1948. Once the Strategic Air Command’s largest base, its bomber fleet and Atlas missiles were key deterrents during the early years of the Cold War. WAFB closed in 1967 and became the Roswell International Air Center, home to public and private entities. Two world record free-fall parachute jumps took place here, including Alan Eustace’s 135,890-foot descent, which reached a speed of 822 miles per hour, in 2014.
 
Erected 2015 by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Location. 33° 19.838′ N, 104° 30.415′ W. Marker is in Roswell, New Mexico, in Chaves County. Marker is at the intersection of Relief Route and U.S. 285, on the right when traveling east on Relief Route. Touch for map. Marker is on the southwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Roswell NM 88203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roswell (approx. 1.7 miles away); New Mexico Navy Veterans Monument (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named Roswell (approx. 4.7 miles away); Roswell’s First General Store and Post Office
<i>Rear of:</i> Walker Air Force Base Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 10, 2017
2. Rear of: Walker Air Force Base Marker
Back of Marker
Points of Interest
New Mexico's Historic Markers typically have a map on the back side showing the location of other OSHM's. This is an excellent source of information when exploring for other Historical Markers and locations.
(approx. 4.7 miles away); Patrick Floyd Jarvis Garrett (approx. 4.7 miles away); Chaves County Court House (approx. 4.7 miles away); Justice in the Wild West (approx. 4.7 miles away); Chaves County Veterans War Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roswell.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, ColdWar, World II
 
Walker Air Force Base Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 10, 2017
3. Walker Air Force Base Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 15, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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