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Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Posted by graywacke on July 14, 2010

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (then every-other-day blog and now a two-or-three-times a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  Phew.  I landed in a USer.  Barely.  I don’t mean barely, geographically speaking; I mean that the state was hardly US.  In fact, now it’s PS . . . NC; 33/33; 2/10; 7; 152.8.  Here’s my landing map:

It looks like I’m out in the country (i.e., no towns); but what could that strange pattern of roads be?  Let’s look at a GE shot:

Well, there are some of the roads.  How about this further-out GE shot?

Son of a gun – those roads are real.  Well, if you look off to the northeast of my landing on the first landing map, you’ll see that I landed in Fort Bragg.  The roads?  Those mysterious roads are on many military installations.  Perhaps roads that connect underground weapons bunkers????  I don’t really have a clue.

Here’s a broader view, showing my proximity to Fayetteville (today’s landing is to the west); the other landing was on 11/8/2005, well before I paid attention to any local details.

For the second time, I landed in the Rockfish Creek watershed (the first time for the landing shown to the east, above); on to the Cape Fear R (10th hit); on to the AO.

So, since I landed in Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg it is.  From Wiki:

Fort Bragg is a major United States Army installation, in Cumberland and Hoke counties, North Carolina, U.S., mostly in Fayetteville but also partly in the town of Spring Lake. It was also a census-designated place in the 2000 census and had a population of 29,183. The fort is named for Confederate General Braxton Bragg. It covers over 251 square miles in four counties. It is home to multiple divisions of the US military including US Army Airborne and Special Operations.

Do you remember that I landed near Fort Bragg CA back on December 30, 2009?  In that post, I featured Braxton Bragg who managed to get two Forts named after him despite a somewhat checkered military career.

Anyway, here’s a GE shot of the heart of this Fort Bragg:

Here’s a shot of some of the housing at the base:

And this, of the Airborne troops doing their thing:

Pope AFB is nestled right up with Fort Bragg and supports the Army Airborne mission.  It was named after one Harley Pope, a WWI pilot who was killed when he crashed into the nearby Cape Fear River.  This memorial to Harley is at the base:

I spent at least 20 minutes on the net trying to find out the story behind the memorial.  Mainly, I was curious to know if the broken propeller was actually  from Harley’s plane, or if it is a replica, or if it is more generically a symbol of a downed plane.  Anybody out there know?

I’ll close with a shot of a Coca Cola truck that services the base.  These guys know their market . . .

That’ll do it. . .



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