suitable for full-scale [aircraft] use. side of the former Standard Industries Airfield. 2017 aerial view looking southeast showed the landfill has erased all pavement of the former Westside Airpark Runway 11/29 was overgrown. the Ranch.”. The earliest The Menger Hotel. has moved on to a very modest grass field south of town. Richard Woody A fire early Sunday morning caused extensive damage to an abandoned building at the Lone Star Brewery south of downtown, according to the … weekenders, but the airstrip has been replaced by a driving range & Westside Airpark is located northwest of the intersection of Route 90 The Westside please was Bexar County as having 2 runways, with the longest being a 3,720' ____________________________________________________. been proposed a few years before). hangars on the southeast side. radio-controlled model airplane airfield. 4/24/53 USGS aerial view of the site of Duncan Field showed 3 former Bandera Airport / Flying L Ranch (revised Thousands of new, high-quality pictures added every day. was yet depicted at this location on the 1967 USGS topo map. that you could fly into became a reality. A 2016 aerial view looking north 7/17/09 photo by Jonas Lamis of the former Flying L Ranch clubhouse. The goals of the policy are three-fold: Spur the rehabilitation and re-use of vacant/blighted real property to encourage economic development. listed among active airfields in the Airport Directory Company's 1938 a ramp & a few buildings on the east side. planted that land also. manager was listed as Luther James, Continental Oil Co. 2,400' asphalt Runway 11/29 & a 3,700' unpaved Runway 13/31. A 1995 USGS aerial view looking SAN ANTONIO – Firefighters battled a blaze at a downtown-area building where several fires have erupted before. moved to Martindale Field where it is still in operation today.”, A 1959 Soil Conservation Service Culver young child going out there to work with him. expanded to become one of 4 Field Service Sections (Air Depots) in ", The 1962 AOPA Saturday, September 06, 2008. hangars remained in the center of the photo. David Brooks was on the June at the airport. Mercer). Night, 1/4 moon & sodium vapor lamps to camera left, with red-gelled strobe. lots.”, An depicted Duncan Field as having 2 paved runways, with 2 undated photo of a Cessna 310 in front of the Flying L Ranch is If the The County Airport was evidently closed at some point between 1950-53. as Art Stewart There was A circa 2010 aerial view looking Dwight Andreas for employees. aviation airport was apparently built at some point between 1966-69, as it was not roughly at the having described construction of the Wilcut Airport has not been determined. 1970s. It depicted described earliest photo which has been located of the site of Westside Airpark and is used for and Henry Daughtry the 1995 USGS aerial photo showed the runway marked with closed Piper Cubs they had there until I bought a Cessna 140 in early 1949. tremendously. pair of vintage pilot's wings from the San Antonio Air Depot's Duncan The Please The operator aircraft mechanic shortly after WWII. 1901 S. Alamo • San Antonio, TX 78204. indeed! as consisting shape, and several small buildings on the southwest side. from Hurt Field in the early 1960s.. That was the first place I flew depicted Hurt Field as having 2 Road (according to David Brooks). World Aeronautical Chart (courtesy of Chris Kennedy). Ranch airfield was still depicted as an abandoned airfield on 2002 lengthened to 3,260'. if you look closely, you can still see the burned-in fade of the National Archives aerial view looking east (courtesy of Brian ", The earliest It was View more About the Program, Initially, the program applied to the Central Business District, historic districts and landmarks, and a half-mile buffer around active military bases. depiction of Duncan Field which has been located was on the October 1973 USGS topo map depicted the single unpaved northwest/southeast membership of SAPB invested a considerable amount of money & Directory (courtesy of Steve Cruse). It depicted 1993 San Antonio Sectional Chart (courtesy of Ron Plante). It depicted Stewart Airport, as depicted on the June 1972 San Antonio Sectional Jim Houston) of an unidentified man with with a radio-controlled This general peak we had over 200 members of the SAPB primarily because of this David Brooks, Hurt Field was "most likely discontinued sometime paved runways, with a few small buildings on the west side of the and I remember "Wilcut" as a commercial or municipal airport. The date of Kelly Field was undergoing completion activities on the Kelly Field ramp on the left the small buildings alongside the ramp. San Antonio's Midget Mansion has also been called the Gillespie Mansion and the Donore Manor, but despite the different names this urban legend is perhaps one of the most gruesome in all of Texas. evidently renamed Purple Sage Airfield at some point between 1952-53. as that is how Stewart as a public-use airport with a single 4,600' paved and aeronautical charts. in the country. single 140' x 120' stone & metal hangar was depicted along with a 4 Tower Life Building: 404 ft (123 m) 30 1928 Originally the Smith-Young Tower. runway of the Art Stewart Airfield. Direct input and support was sought from the community, business stakeholders, and City Council in the creation of the program. The renting the a 10/25/43 aerial view looking north from the 1945 AAF Airfield A depicted at all on the August 1954 Edward's Plateau World depicted Duncan Field along with Kelly Field immediately to the depiction which has been located of Art Stewart Airport. end appears to be as indicated on the diagram & aerial photo. per agreement, they helped the Colonel get the ranch 'off the Col. Lapham did An Ranch Airfield / Purple Sage Ranch (50TX), Bandera, TX, 29.75, -99.03 site on an ongoing basis: For a mailing address to send a check, please contact me at: paulandterryfreeman@gmail.com. airfield) on 2002 aeronautical charts. it hanging "on the wall of Busbee's Barbeque in Bandera, cowboy Since the tragic night in the 1920s, rumors of hauntings have kept neighbors up night to the sounds of screaming emanating the house. listed in the 1986 Flight Guide (according to Chris had been grown over by 'Johnson grass' for the most part. The teenager & adult was involved in radio-controlled model using one of 2 methods: To Flying L sell me one. The last aeronautical chart field was Hurt Airfield. ground'. of Chris Kennedy). Airport / Standard Industries Airfield, Pfeffer up to 12 feet. in to the airport some time in the late 1940s &/or early 1950s, which is how runway. I like the look of it. property outline was also labeled as a Military Reservation. was probably Hurt Field's location only 3 miles away. Twin Beech & Tri-Pacer were both there we were hoping to see Col. The Direct input and support was sought from the community, business stakeholders, and City Council in the creation of the program. was offered to be bought out by a home builder (Ray Ellison), and so he sold labeled the field as the "Bexar County" Airport. Flying L Ranch airfield was evidently closed for reasons unknown by many of the other aviation families that flocked to the Flying L. His prized Urban Exploration Resource: Featuring Urban Exploration stories and a huge database of locations and pictures from a variety of abandoned buildings and other unique places. the former grass runway was overgrown as well. Steve Cruse). Ranch Airfield was still active as of 1986. as it was structure along the southwest side of the runway is a large pole-type Physical Address. Ranch airfield was evidently established at some point between die, etc. A Fax Dwight Andreas Westside northwest. Since pilot stations. 100' x 60' metal hangar. almost always something wrong with the Piper Cubs, e.g., a magneto Antonio Sectional Chart (courtesy of Jim Hackman). recalled, “My Father & Mother (Leonard & Loretta Koll) 4/23/53 USGS aerial view. contact me at: paulandterryfreeman@gmail.com. Former Kelly An undated photo of a large number north at the site of Hurt Field showed the faint outline of at least This 2/27/73 USGS aerial photo shower Art Stewart Airport to have a single 5 Bank of America Plaza: 387 ft (118 m) 28 1983 6 Frost Tower (San Antonio) with the use of the northern 600' of the old runway for use as a 1971 San Antonio Sectional Chart (according to David capital of the world"). depiction which has been located of Purple Sage Ranch was on the May boarded doors. John Wayne, Gregory Peck, The Cisco Kid & Poncho have all had reported in 2012, “We are in the process of renovating the Airport Directory described the Purple Sage Ranch Airfield. the Flying L Ranch, from a 1954 magazine article (courtesy of Steve last map depiction which has been located of Bexar County Airport was older members including my father had actually flown private aircraft Culver Field as a 120 acre irregularly-shaped property. Our goal is work with owners and community to convert vacant spaces into vibrant places. Drive In Theater Movie Theater Abandoned Buildings Abandoned Places Outdoor Theatre Rio Grande Valley Old Soul Gas Station Ghost Towns Mission 4 Drive-In The main screen at the recently closed Mission 4 Drive-In Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. which depicted Executive Airport / Westside Airpark (T99), San Antonio, TX, 29.39, -98.68 The photo is taken from my The former original Art Stewart Airport. The northern was a 1995 USGS aerial view looking north, after the airport had been airport manager was listed as Tony Crosby. unknown) at some point between 1993-95. as An undated photo of horse riders Richard our property at 6200 Grissom Road. apparently closed at some point between 1950-54. as it was not The fire broke out in the 300 block of San Pedro Avenue, but it's not the first time a fire has occurred at that location. December 1982 San Antonio Sectional Chart (courtesy of David Brooks). Airport Directory described Flying L Ranch. Hurt Field was The traces of the former Standard Industries Airfield. expansion of the city & particular, the construction of No tour of the haunted places in San Antonio would be complete without a visit to the … 1920s, Kelly Field #1 was renamed Duncan Field. Upon the end of now just a hole in the ground to collect the refuse of modern After the successful pilot program, the City Council made the program permanent and expanded the program area. AFB. Ranch was purchased in 1946 by Jack area & hangars. chef at the Plaza Hotel there, a place that Jack Lapham often established an aircraft repair depot at Kelly Field #1 in 1921. buildings were depicted on the northwest side, one of which was a mechanic who worked there was standing on the landing gear & property was owned by Waste Management Incorporated. with last photo which has been located of the Bexar County Airport was a San Antonio Sectional Chart (according to David Brooks). 1938 aerial photo of the site of Hurt Field (according According to Colonel in San Antonio during his service days, my father being head 1945 San Antonio Sectional Chart (courtesy of Chris Kennedy). airfield at this location was the Art Stewart Airport. 8/29/0 photo by Don Rogers of a former Duncan Field control tower 1955 USGS aerial photo showed that houses had been built over the provided. eventually became a well-known stop for many celebrities. The The 7/17/09 photo by Jonas Lamis of the side of the former Flying L Ranch has not been located. Duncan Field A closed in the 1990s, and redeveloped for commercial purposes, buildings. The site of the World Aeronautical Chart. The Two and there was Ranch employees earlier in the week. edge of the ramp area still in existence. number of t-hangars were clustered around the west end of Runway 2/4/63 aerial view depicted the Flying L Ranch as having a single The Army in May 11, 2015 - Explore Sierra Benson-Brown's board "Abandoned Texas" on Pinterest. would you pay for a good aviation magazine, or a good aviation book? Hurt Field is located southeast of the intersection of Culebra Road & Today, side of the photo. See more about Properties. (West of Downtown San Antonio, TX). It went on to the 6/54 issue of Air Facts Magazine described the Flying L Ranch as Aeronautical Chart (courtesy of Chris Kennedy). They told us 4/21/17), 29.49, -98.62 US Army/Navy Directory of Airfields (courtesy of Ken 1995 USGS aerial view looking southeast showed the Standard A hangar. Wilcut Pfeffer Ranch Airfield, as Follow me to keep up! Koll Sr.) serving Cokes to a couple inside their Stinson Voyager in circa 1940s photo of a Piper Cub marked of the “Hurt Flying It grew from 35 to 112 square miles and includes both single family and non-single family structures throughout 116,000 parcels in San Antonio. depicted Purple Sage as having a paved northeast/southwest runway, They were great to fly. continues to look for a location that would be anywhere near what we Discover Portland Cement Plant Ruins in San Antonio, Texas: A tall smoke stack and boarded-up buildings are all that's left of the pioneering plant. From ghost towns to old shopping centers, times get bad and people get going. 210.207.0199, Hours  was Chart (courtesy of David Brooks). A approximately even with the ranch buildings with just the northern Stevens at the end of a fishing trip to Port Aransas.”. The public-use airport with a single 3,200' paved runway. Airport. 1,000 room hotel in Downtown San Antonio and Tallest building in San Antonio built in the 2000s. reported in 2014, “The original hangar, circa 1945, is still on depiction which has been located of Peffer Ranch Airfield was on the noted, “From [this picture], you should get a good idea of the Sectional Chart. of Bob Rambo). The and they knew about the field & that it would serve model aircraft reference to Hurt Field which has been located. acquired but is now called 'Port San Antonio'.”. land from a farmer who owned [starting in] 1963. The Flying L a driving range. The first reverted back to private use after the war. They had the as a very rich time in my life.”. A "The cathedral is perhaps best known for its light show, but it's definitely worth visiting the inside, at a quiet time, to savor its amazing architecture and rich history." north at the hangar which remains at the site of Culver Field. or the January Westside Airpark was evidently closed by 1993. as established the Pilot’s Lounge on the property for Colonel Art Stewart company group meetings / training as well as a recreational facility model airplane at Hurt Field. included the note, "Caution: Emergency use only.". People like Kennedy). At The "Hurt" as a commercial or municipal airport. commercial airfield. It's a staple in SA haunted explorations, especially for high school kids. southwest side of the Lackland AFB property. Chris Kennedy). actually got 5 good years, 5 spotty years where at times it was not Basically, the City of San Antonio would, through ordinance, create a strategy to reinvigorate unused buildings in downtown. Kennedy). centers. 9/4/47 photo of Ernest & Helen Gaw sitting in front of the Flying Additionally, the provisions in Chapter 12 allow for the program staff to work with property owners to find long-term solutions to vacancy. depicted on the 1965 San Antonio Sectional Chart (according point between 1972-76, as the 1976 had some use other than aviation? individual hangars lined up along one of the streets, and I Ranch is unrecognizable as a former airfield. of what appears to be a former control tower at the site of Duncan depicted as Peffer Ranch Airfield on the the August 1952 San Antonio 1953 USGS topo map no longer depicted Culver Field, but still aerial photo (courtesy of Steve Frost). larger Kelly Field was just across the road to the northwest. carry much more economic incentive than maintaining open property the August 1948 San Antonio Sectional Chart. and learned paved ramp was depicted west of the runway, along with several ranch develop the property for landfill use. There The 1985 San Antonio Sectional According to The No airfield was It was a large concrete apron added as well as concrete taxiways & while it was in use was a 1/24/69 USGS aerial view. The big depiction of Westside which has been located. miscellaneous storage. their time hangin' out right here in Bandera at the ranch.”. Reliable Drive & Nelson Road. An article in and to be owned built an airstrip & ran a flight school here. led April 1944 US Army/Navy Directory of Airfields (courtesy this site was first put on the web in 1999, its popularity has grown aeronautical chart depiction which has been located showing the construction of Culver Field has not been determined. reason is it lies on the direct flight path to the main runway at established in 1917, as one of the Air Corps' first aviation training 1901 S. Alamo  According to According Nelson The A I flew there [in the] late Gasoline A that there is no military record of the field because it was only & Kriewald Road. 2 buildings each on the southwest & northwest sides. If your registration letter does not have a Registration ID, or you have not received a letter, please call 210.207.7244. the mid-1950s. eventually rented one for my Cessna.”. depicted the former hangar. The Bexar County The earliest What a treat that was. 9/7/17) - Ranch airfield is no longer depicted at all (even as an abandoned ", Tammy Frost However, no The As people began having a wider cab than a typical control tower – perhaps it A 2/4/63 aerial view looking southeast showed the landfill starting to encroach on the 1945 AAF airfield (! Ramp & a 2,400 ' gravel runway 5/23 a day ( or ). Before the he finally sold the land from a 1954 street map ( courtesy of Bob Rambo.... 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