A 3 1/2 hour drive east on IH 80 to Wells, NV for a 4 night stay at Mountain Shadows RV park. Most of the parks we have stayed in since Burns,OR seem to be mostly overnighters and full time workers. This park is small, close to freeway, grocery store and Chinese restaurant within walking distance. Wells is a very small community with only 1 grocery store, minimal shopping, no hospital and somewhat in need of attention. There are several large gas stations on the interstate and a few restaurants. Would recommend the park for a short stay. We did have dinner one night at the Chinese restaurant. A very nice couple run the restaurant and motel; however, they are closing the restaurant in a few weeks and leasing space to Mexican food place.
|Mountain Shadows RV Park #C3|
15 October 2016
The weather has not been too favorable with rain and very windy. Today we took advantage of the sun break and drove the 60 miles to Wendover which sits on the Utah Nevada state line to visit the now closed Wendover Army Airfield which later became an Air Force Base in 1947. The base is in Utah and is now used for commercial planes mostly bringing in gamblers for the casinos. During WW II it was a training base of the 509th Composite Group, the B-29 unit that carried out the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Enola Gay hangar is currently in restoration.
|Scale Model of Base|
|Enola Gay Signage|
|Enola Gay Hangar|
|Signage About Restoration Project|
|Chapel Now Apartments|
After the war it was used for taining, gunnery range and research facility. In 1969 it was closed and the base given to the city of Wendover in 1977. The bombing range is now the Utah Test and Training Range used extensively by the air Force.
Many of the buildings have fallen into ruin. The museum is housed in the former Officers Club and parts of it are used by the public for weddings, meetings and events. At one time the base had over 668 buildings, hospital, chapel, swimming pool, library, cafeteria, two movie theatres and 361 housing units for married officers and civilians. It is sad to see so much in ruin. We have seen this all too often in our travels and visits.
More rain and wind expected tomorrow. We leave Monday for Ely,,NV for 3 nights then arrival at Nellis AFB on 20th.