General Patton WW2 and the Arizona desert — 18 Comments

  1. WOW. It is unbelievable to think that through the years, through weather and people and animals, that these traces are still there, undisturbed. You find very interesting ghosts in the desert, whether it’s a dried up cactus or rusty cans from the war. Another beautiful post, Mary!

  2. Off the top of my head, it takes 500 years for an aluminum can to oxidize, if I remember….sad, very sad to see their leftovers knowing what they did. …:)JP

  3. It is really amazing that so much from that time is still left there. Sadly, trash was something people never worried about back then. Mom remembers when she was little and people just tossed trash out the window going down the road and thought nothing of it. Thankfully, people these days think a bit more and it isn’t acceptable either. What fun to discover all that stuff!

  4. I just love history but hate war. Wonder why they left their cans. Litter bugs. Once traveling through the desert coming back from Ca. to Ut. we stopped to take a walkabout break and there was a sign as big as our car knocked down in the dirt. When we read what it said we were in shock! It said radioactive site.$^&*())_! WE loaded our 2 kids and got back in the car pronto. This was over 40 years ago. Maybe thats why we are the way we are, LOL

  5. This is so interesting! I’m surprised I haven’t seen this documented somewhere, complete with aerial photos. As an avocational archaeologist, I can understand how exciting it must have been to discover such a wealth of tangible history. Great post, Mary, thanks!

    • I think it is all a big secret. Not really, but nothing is marked or really being preserved. Except the giant compass point, that has a fence around it.

  6. fascinating. really glad all those rock letters and paths have not been disturbed or vandalized. the pile of old cans is almost like art, now.

  7. This is so fascinating that all of that is still there, the tracks, rocks. My grandpa that I never met trained in Nevada I think, but he was on bomber planes in Europe not the desert. We found some stuff from where he was at cleaning out the house I’ll have to see if he was ever there. Thanks for the tour! Love Dolly

  8. That’s very cool Mary. I imagine in the desert with no distinct markers they had to make up their own. (Turn left at the fourth cactus and follow that until you hit the tumbleweed…oh crap it moved!)just wouldn’t seem to work. LOL I do have to tell you, I am not surprised they left their garbage. I was on an aircraft carrier once and there is garbage at sea. They just dump it there. :-(

  9. That is so cool!! I love exploring places like that, it is so interesting and sparks the imagination. Just like you I then have to do some research afterwards to find out more about it.

  10. We have an area near us that was an armory during the same time period. Now, they’re letting it be reclaimed in a restoration project. It’s pretty fascinating and like you, we found all sorts of little things that hinted at life from a time gone by. You captured it beautifully!

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