Military Community

Military Community (HM25SQ)

Location: San Jose, CA 95120 Santa Clara County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 9.575', W 121° 54.004'

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Recreation at Home


Remains of a swimming pool are a visual reminder of a thriving community of military families that lived at the Almaden Air Force Station between 1957 and 1980. Hundreds of people live in military housing near this location over the span of nearly a quarter century.

People recreated and entertained on the summit of Mount Umunhum in the swimming pool, bowling alley, dining hall, non-commissioned officer's club, and outdoors. Military families who lived here appreciated the remote feeling and the magnificent views. Some people often drove down to the valley below while others found all the community and recreation they needed right here at "home." Children who took the Air Force bust to school in the valley often experienced a dramatic change of climate, sometimes leaving a snow covered mountain and arriving at a warm schoolyard below. This rich, thriving community forever shaped peoples lives, as heard in the unique stories told by those who lived here.

Flag Pole

The flag pole (picture on the left) was considered the center of the Almaden Air Force Station. It was the focal point of the military's presence here and was where the most important ceremonies were held. The U.S. flag flew with pride, representing the Air Force



personnel that staffed the station around the clock for 22 years. On March 29, 1980, during the station closure ceremony, the flag was ceremonially lowered and folded and presented to the Commander who then donated the flag to the New Almaden Museum in San Jose.
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HM NumberHM25SQ
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Placed ByMidpeninsula Regional Open Space District
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Date Added Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 7:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 597664 N 4113142
Decimal Degrees37.15958333, -121.90006667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 9.575', W 121° 54.004'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 9' 34.5" N, 121° 54' 0.23999999999987" W
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Area Code(s)408
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Mount Umunhum Trail, San Jose CA 95120, US
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