The biggie was later the location of the Nike Base at Newport and Telegraph roads. Some of it still stands today. I've been aware of it since even before we moved here when we would drive by and see the working radar units. We've discussed the former Nike Site a few times on here... I'll try and find the links when I can.
I stumbled on a site recently that has some very interesting info... but I've only been able to figure out part of it. I did know that the main navy flight training site for the area was at the old naval station on Grosse Ile. And I knew there were some auxiliary fields around... the Nike site and the old Marshal Field on N. Dixie at Pointe Aux Peaux (Firefox spell check doesn't like that) road.
I wasn't aware of several others though. From the map below I can see references to:
Navarre field (not the athletic field on Jones, but looks like maybe near the N. Dixie and I75 interchange
Custer field (at least that's what it looks like) and it looks like it's where Custer Airport is today!!!
Monroe Field (looks like where Marshal Field was)
four more unidentified (they are but the names weren't included) east of Telegraph Road
one on Carleton Rockwood Rd. about where 275 is now
Scofield field which I haven't quite figured out a reference point for yet.
Blackmore Field on the east side of Exeter Rd and just west of Carleton
one more unknown west of Custer along the river it kind of looks like (all I see is the word field)
I wonder if maybe there may have even been more?
Anyone with any tiny bit of info about any of these please post.
I'll be looking over some old aerial and plat maps trying to figure out more info when I have time.
I know the history of Monroe County about Custer and the War of 1812 is important to the area...
but there is a lot of history from a much later era that will soon be completely lost if we don't do something about it now. That's exactly what happened with the old battlefield. Just an old battlefield so they built a paper mill over it
Ok, here's the map I found and the website it was on and the one they reference finding it on although I can't find it there (the Grosse Ile naval station site). I'll look more when I have more time.http://nasgi.net/olfnewport.htmhttp://www.airfields-freeman.com/MI/Airfields_MI_Detroit_S.html#newporthttp://nasgi.net/ww2.htm
The last time we discussed the Nike base someone asked if the missle silos were still there...
according to this they were removed, but not until quite recently:
According to the info on the website this was taken in 1996!!! Seems like there were 32 or 36 of these there before that.