09 December 2010

Traveling Back in Time–Texas Road, Butzbach, Germany

Deserted. Desolate. Melancholic. All words that describe the atmosphere of the United States military housing on Texas Road in Butzbach, Germany. Forty-two years ago, the last time I was there it was a vibrant place filled with military service people and their families. Now it is empty and sad. I shared this picture with you as part of identifying the buildings you can see in the background.
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Here are those same buildings on 25 November, 2010:
Texas Road (7 of 1)

Our apartment is the balcony on the third floor at 17 Texas Road in Butzbach:
Texas Road (10 of 1)

The balcony below is behind me in the old picture above.
Texas Road (1 of 1)

These pictures should give you an idea of how empty it is here now. This is our apartment building:
Texas Road (2 of 1)

and our street:
Texas Road (3 of 1)


and looking directly up from our street:
Texas Road (4 of 1)

and looking left:
Texas Road (5 of 1)

and looking right:
Texas Road (6 of 1)

Seeing our old home would have been overwhelmingly sad if I hadn’t shared the experience with my parents and my sister. I am so grateful I was able to visit Texas Road in Butzbach with them. Texas Road (8 of 1)

It turns out that we were not alone in our feelings. This huge empty United States housing area interconnects with civilian Butzbach residential areas. All of the citizens we spoke with reflected the loss they felt due to the departure of the Americans. The economy of Butzbach has suffered; stores and restaurants have closed. It will probably be years before Butzbach is able to economically rebuild what it has lost. The young adults say that it is very boring there now and the older people miss the loss of their friends and neighbors. There must be many United States service families who are missing Butzbach too. 

Thank you for coming along on my trip to the past.

You can read the other parts of this story here.

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83 comments:

  1. We used to live in Butzbach, from 98-00. We lived in the building near the baseball field, behind the shoppette, right near a playground and some kind of power station. We used to tell my son it was a cloud factory because we would always see steam rising out of it. We also had a view of the prison tower. I think our street name was Ohio, but I'm not sure. Thanks for posting these pics. Brings back memories.

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  2. I used to live in Butzbach 93 or 94 to 2000 so many memorys i was only 9 years old when we left that area its sad how its empty but there were alot of memorys. I used to live near the day care center.

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  3. It is sad, but if you stand still and listen you can almost hear the sounds of people and children like it used to be. Victoria, I love the cloud factory story!

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  4. I happened upon some YouTube videos last night that got me started looking for additional information about Roman Way housing area. My family lived there from 1977-1980. My father (since passed away) was a Major at the time, and we lived on Texas Ave (don't know the building, it was the 2nd "stairwell" building on the right as you headed up from the front gate). We were in the first stairwell, apt A. Tons of memories, I was there from 5th - 8th grade. Mom worked at the dispensary part of that time. Thank you for posting this.

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    1. John, I know which building you are referencing and we lived on the same street (other end in 22B Texas). Did you have a little sister named DeeDee? If so, I think she was friends with my little sister.

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    2. I lived in Butzbach from 76-78. I was in the 5th.-7th. grade. Went to Butzbach grade school and Giessen jr. high My brothers played football for the Butzbach Bills. Doug and Terry Arnold.I do remember the bills going to the championships.We had some great times. My dad was stationed @ Bad Nauheim. We lived in the apt. right by the baseball field. We could open up uor bathroom window and watch the game.It was right by the DYA. The germans also use to put on a carnival @ the end of the football field. Those were some of the best times of my life. Hope to hear from someone i might know.

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    3. I used to live in building 6516 apt. 16B from 1987-1991 when my daughter's father was stationed at "The Rock" I would like for her to visit there now that she's an adult. Thanks for sharing the memories.

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    4. Live there between 1978 to 1982. I think the road name was virigina. Went to geissen jr high. And 10 th in frankfurt. Lots of fun memories playing basketball for the d.y.a, swimming pool up the hill behind the grade school. I think the hill was called suicide hill. Hanging around with friends. Can't forget the food and beer. The traveling carnivals. Walking to town and to passing the prison. Would of love to see the housing area before it was torn down. Hi to friends I can remember tom, lisa, allen, helmet, josephine, david, roy. Thank for the memories julia.

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  5. You are very welcome. I think that it is very important for military families to document their homes. I think it can be grounding.

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  6. What haunting images! My father was a heavy tank battalion commander in the former West Germany. As a young elementary schoolgirl, I lived with my family in this housing area from about 1958 to 1961. I never knew it was called "Roman Way." The buildings you photographed were probably just footsteps from our old address, 13-F Texas Rd.

    The time I spent in Butzbach was magical. We skated on the ice rink in town -- at least I *think* it was in Butzbach, but it may have been in a neighboring village -- and one day we watched as a Gypsy caravan, brighly painted and full of people my mother wouldn't let me anywhere near, rolled on wooden wheels along the dirt road that ran alongside the housing area.

    Ny father passed away in 1985 without making it back to Butzbach, but my older brother has kept in touch sporadically with an old friend and got together with him there before the U.S. military pulled out its forces. Thank you so much for the vivid remembrance.

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    1. I was in Butzbach from May of 1956 when the 3rd Armoured gyroscoped to Germany until May of 1957 when my Dad was transferred to Heidelberg. I was in 6th grade -- had a wonderful teacher Mr. Urgo who took us on trips into the woods. We watched the gliders take off. The Germans used jeeps to tow the gliders into the air. I remember a little store very near the housing area that sold gummi bears by the pheffing. My first taste of gummi bears -- never to be forgotten. My first serious piano lessons with a German piano teacher ie serious, lots of scales and drills but I learned a lot.
      I think we lived on Texas Rd, first floor, four bedroom apartment.
      Rebecca Snyder

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    2. Rebecca Snyder, I was in the Army and stationed in Butzback from Nov of 1954 to May of l956. In May of 2014 my wife and I are going on a trip to Europe. We are going to extend our stay one day so we can go to Butzback. I would like to get any info about Butzback you have to share. My e mail is guycindy@cox.net Thank you

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  7. Dear Anon, You are so welcome. If you get a chance to go back, you should grab it. The people in town were very warm and welcoming and love Americans.

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  8. I spent time at the 70th Trans Co. from Aug. 69 till Dec. 70. Not a bad place to serve your country. Too bad it's all gone now! Memories to last a lifetime.

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  9. hi folks,

    im a german guy (born in 74) woho lived form 79 til 96 in the "german housing" close to the roman way village (not the prison) ;-)
    i also have a lot of memories to the housing and it´s people. we had to pass the american housing on our way to the (old)town of butzbach. later on it was part of my daily way to school. you see it was part of my childhood and youth.

    also my first girlfriend was an american girl, her family lived in michigan road. unfortunately they left germany in the 90ies and we lost contact (in times before the internet!)

    i also remember the german-american "volkfest" near the baseballfield once a year. that was the place to get the best (american) icecream in germany!! :-)

    later in the 90ies i worked as a deliverer for a shop of used furniture. many americans were our customs (in butzbach, kirch-goens, giessen, bad nauheim, friedberg and so on). many of the gi familys bohgt some furniture to take it to the USA.

    it was a good time and i was sad too, when i saw your pictures above. all empty and without life. i havn´t been there for a longer time, because i also moved from butzbach in 1996.

    thank you for the pics and the little journey in time :-)

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  10. So many people have fond memories of Butzbach and there were such good relations between the Americans and Germans there. Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts, memories and emotions. They are so touching.

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  11. Brought back alot of child hood memories. I also lived there 79-81.Also, spent another tour in kitzagen 85-87. Would not trade childhood memories with any one else.thanks for the pics.

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  12. Thanks for sharing these! We lived on Texas Road from 2004-2007, the first building on the right, as you came in the "gate" or passed the Shoppette. I agree that it's depressing! What a waste of perfectly good buildings. I didn't understand why they replaced the balconies RIGHT before closing down the housing area, made no sense to me. Anyway, I enjoyed seeing these photos, it makes me home sick for Germany and the wonderful town of Butzbach.

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  13. Very Nice, I lived in butzbach germany with my family from 70-73, my dad was stationed at ayers kassern, we lived on Michigan st, I loved germany, growing up in butzbach in the early 70s was the best. The AYA, playgrounds, swim-badden at the top of the hill, walking to the scholss kassern to watch movies life was great. I spent 26 yrs in the army, three tours in Ge, however I never was station in butzbach , I took my kids there every tour, and went by in 05. I'm sad to see it go, We had great friends great fun, thanks for the memories

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    1. My family lived there 72-74 then moved to K-Town. I was in 8th grade and played AYA football with my brother Ricky. Butzbach Bruins, those were the best days of my life. Lived on Michegan Rd.
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    2. Hey Tony, my brother Houston Smith and I played. Football with you and Ricky in the early 70s. Butzbach Bruins rule! Remember when we played Berlin and got to ride the train through East Germany? Hey BTW if you're on Facebook you should join the Butzbach 70's Facebook group. There are tons of pictures including some of you and your brother and our football team. There are a bunch of people you will know there. Check it out.
      - Johnnie Smith

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    3. Hi there.. Wow this is crazy! I (Vivian McLaughlin) lived with my mom, dad and sister, Cindy on Michigan - right across the street from Tony and Ricky Richmond! My Dad was a CSM - Joe McLaughlin based in Ayers Kasern. I will definitely be joining the facebook group to see more faces, etc. Yes, definitely remember all the good times we all had!

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    4. This is Vivian's sister, Cindy. Do you guys remember the Boldens, the Canestrini's? The good times for me included the AYA, the candy and pomme frites at the bierstand, EVERYTHING in the town of Butzbach. Christmas Eve walks through the town with my dad and Vivi while mom got the house extra special?
      My dad and I returned in 1992 to visit - mind you 17 years later - and when we went to the bierstand at the intersection of Michigan and something - the elderly lady says "CSM McLaughlin?" Unbelievable! It took a long time before the intense desire to return went away. What great memories.

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    5. I live in Butzbach from 1970-1972 Went to Giessen JR and Frankfurt SR High. The girl that ran the Bierstand then was Lucia. I have so many great memories from there. The swimbad, camping out in the woods (after sneaking out) the long bus ride to Frankfurt High each day. I lived close to the dispensary across from the entrance to the german neigborhood. Does anyone remember Rick OValley?

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  14. Joel I don't remember you but I also lived there during the same time period. What great memory's I have of Butzbach. The AYA the swim badden. I lived on Ohio road overlooking the baseball fields.

    Kenny Parrish

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  15. I lived there from 64 till 67. I have to look up the address later, but I remember I went to kindergarten in a quonset hut to the left of us. I remember a barbed wire fence surrounding a huge facility with a dirt road that led to town. I have to go and get out some old pics now. Thanks for the memory jolt.

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  16. I lived there from 2000-2004. Oh how I am homesick. It was the only place that ever really felt like home. Im going back one day to stay for sure.

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  17. Christine Silveira- We lived in Butzbach from 1972-1975. 6D Texas Road..I will never forget hit. Loved sleeding down "dead man's hill" as we called it by the elementary school; picking pears, and cherries on our way to the swimbaad. I loved going to Foodland and getting a 0.10 ice cream sandwhich and playing fooseball against the teenagers. I still remember the football team colors - Black and Gold. One of the best times of my life!

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    1. Used to live on Georgia St. 1974-1978. Dead man's hill brings back sooo many memories. My sister and I used to run around in the woods behind the School and even took short cuts to the schwim baden on the hill. I sure miss that place. Maybe one day I will be able to visit again.

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    2. My name is Bertie Jones Jr. 50 yo now! I was in Butzbach with my parents from 71-75 on Virginia ave. in the middle stair well third floor!! I also went to Butzbach Elementary 2nd - 6th grade I remember our art teacher drove a new corvette so cool! Best friends was Jergen and Bettina Helms in our building! remembering area 54 in the woods is where my dad taught me how to shoot a little .22 rifle on a little range at the top of those hills love ti there! Anyone there then or may remember these years there feel free to email me at hilltopflock@yahoo.com

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    3. I lived there 1970-1973 had some amazing memories. It does indeed look sad now; so much life before. I dated a German fellow named Karlheinz very nice guy. Hung out with Mayda Fortuno, Patti Wheeler/Wright, Gwen, Pam, the OValles, Rick, Mike, Bob, Johnny, Nonnie Crellin Seems like I remember Christine Silveria

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  18. Butzbach receives the most comments on my blog. It seems there is a universal longing for it. Have you all seen this website? http://stimpyrama.org/ghs/2499#1
    The pictures are beautiful, far better than the ones I took.

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  19. We lived in roman way from 1987-1990. We lived right across from the prison with a playground in the front. I think maybe on Virginia. My children were young but loved it also.

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  20. What memories. I lived there with my parents and brother around 1960 to 1963. Went to the elementary school. Sorry to hear it has closed down, had many great times there.

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  21. I lived on Georgia St from 1999-2001. I want to visit again so badly, but these pictures brought back a lot of memories. I really grateful you took these! Thank you!

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  22. Not sure if you all are aware but the housing area is either in the process of being torn down or has already been torn down. I have pictures that were sent from someone who recently visite there where the building were being ripped apart. It's so depressing to know that I'll never be able to see the first place my husband and I lived in the army and together as a married couple.

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  23. I lived at 12 B Michigan Rd. from 1972-1974 with my mom, dad, and 5 brothers and sisters. My brothers and sisters went to Butzbach Elementary, but I went to Giessen American Jr High. My best memories are from the time I lived in Butzbach. I would love to visit again.

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  24. Thank you so much for posting these pics. Sandra Mallicote bach then. I lived at 1A Texas Road as a dependant from March 73 to April 76. Lots of great memories, great friends and good times. I remember from my bedroom window could see all the way down Texas Rd to the AYA, kids coming and going and chatting from the window and also got to hear some pretty interesting conversations of kids who didn't have a clue there was someone listening. LOL Thanks Again!

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  25. Deb, I can't confirm this. I'm one of the Germans who just got the chance to move into the former housing area. Some buildings close to the woods have been torn down but most are still there. And slowly people are moving in.

    As the roads have been renamed I can't 100% make out the old name of our street but it must have been either Ohio Road or Texas Road. The second street on the left, when you go up the hill... I would have to check at home, it's either building #6211 or something close to that.

    And to everybody who has the chance: Come over and have a look. I can only speak for ourselves but we would give you a warm welcome on your visit!

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  26. Very Nice pictures. I lived at 2-B Georgia from 1991-1994. Wish I would have taken move pictures. When I arrived as a brand new MP, the older guys would convince the younger soldiers that the elementary school was haunted. Stories of Roman Soldier ghosts.....
    Great memories.

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    1. Actually there are Roman Ruins behind the old Elementary School. Used to Play around there when I lived in Butzbach. My mother always grounded me for it but couldn't keep away from there. Sure miss Georgia Rd.

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  27. I lived at 2-B Georgia from 91-94. I loved Butzbach, it was so beautiful. As a new MP in the area, the older soldiers would try to convince the new guys that Roman Way was haunted. Ghosts in the elementary school, Roman Soldier ghost up by the shooting range. Good memories, and good times.

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  28. I lived in Giessen from 1978 to 1979, before moving to Wiesbaden. My father coached DYA; Basketball, Baseball, and Football. I will never forget beating Butzbach with seconds left in the game, when I hit the winning shot. Butzbach had a kid by the last name: Crumley. I think his father was a LTC, great player. As I got older, it's amazing to find out that our point guard on our team, was Jamelle Holieway, a legend football play er for the University of Oklahoma, National Champion, and Heisman trophy winner.

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  29. I had fond memories while living in Giessen; playing sports against some good Butzbach teams. Never forget playing Butzbach in basketball, and we hit the final shot at the buzzer to win. I remember playing against a kid by the name of Crumley, back in 1979. My dad, SGM Younce was the coach. The most amazing remembrance, still, to this day was our point Jamelle Holieway, who later won three National Titles, while playing for the Oklahoma Sooners in the 80's. Unreal!!!!!!!

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  30. I had fond memories while living in Giessen; playing sports against some good Butzbach teams. Never forget playing Butzbach in basketball, and we hit the final shot at the buzzer to win. I remember playing against a kid by the name of Crumley, back in 1979. My dad, SGM Younce was the coach. The most amazing remembrance, still, to this day was our point Jamelle Holieway, who later won three National Titles, while playing for the Oklahoma Sooners in the 80's. Unreal!!!!!!!

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  31. I remember playing Butzbach in all sports; my father was SGM Younce, he coached every sport imaginable for Giessen, a long time rival of Butzbach. I will never forget the game that we played in 1979, when we hit the game winning shot, with seconds left, to advance to the USAUER Championship. As I remember, Butzbach had a kid by the name of Dennis Crumley, I think his father was a LTC, stationed at Butzbach. Later, it comes to find out that our point guard, Jamelle Holieway, played on three National Title winning football teams at the University of Oklahoma, and considered to be the best option quarterback in College Football history, UNREAL

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    1. LTC Denny Crumley was commander of the tank battalion 2-32 Armor. Good guy, don't know what happened to him. I was the brigade S-2 and then S-3 of the 2-36 Infantry on Ayes Kaserne aka " the Rock." My daughters (one born there) are all married ladies with kids now and hardly remember our years on Texas Road. Good years they were.

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    2. LTC Denny Crumley was commander of the tank battalion 2-32 Armor. Good guy, don't know what happened to him. I was the brigade S-2 and then S-3 of the 2-36 Infantry on Ayes Kaserne aka " the Rock." My daughters (one born there) are all married ladies with kids now and hardly remember our years on Texas Road. Good years they were.

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    3. LTC Denny Crumley was commander of the tank battalion 2-32 Armor. Good guy, don't know what happened to him. I was the brigade S-2 and then S-3 of the 2-36 Infantry on Ayes Kaserne aka " the Rock." My daughters (one born there) are all married ladies with kids now and hardly remember our years on Texas Road. Good years they were.

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  32. Hello everyone- My name is Terence Smitherman, and I lived in Roman Way Housing Area from 1975 to 1977. Our address was 6-A Georgia Road. Some of my greatest memories from childhood occured in Butzbach. I miss the people, the culture, and especially the food. What would I give to savour the taste of currywurst, pomme frittes and brochen right now!!!

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  33. We lived there too from 1998-2001. So many fond memories there. This was our first place as a young married couple with our little one (now 14). My friend, who was my neighbor back then, recently went in September 2012 and took pictures. Our building 6525 Georgia Road was one of the ones torn down. In fact, all of Georgia road is gone. Very sad. I wanted to take my kids there one day to show them our old "stomping grounds".

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  34. So glad I found this site. I lived in butzbach from May 61 to June 64. Went to school there then Giessen for the 9 the grade. Don't know the name of the street but it was the next street down from the school in the second building from the main street coming into the housing area. Also lived in the building next to the youth center for the first 6 months in temporary housing on the 4th floor, 8 bedrooms! I loved living there, it was the only town we lived in that I cried when we moved. My dad had family that lived a few hours away and we were finaly able to get to know them. Remember walking to schloss kersern (I think it is called that) to go to the movies. Had to go through a small church graveyard to get there unless we went the long way. Yery scary. What great memories.

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  35. Oh wow... My father was stationed at "The Rock" from 79-84 and we lived at 16-A Texas. The stairwell all the way on the end, nearest the field that you could cross diagonally to get to the Toto Lotto, Edeka Market, Bundespost etc. We also had a playground and basketball court behind our building (between my building and the one on the next street.)

    I was only there until I was 12, but I have great memories of playing at the DYA, going to the little shopping center just outside of the housing area and walking to our school up on the hill. Although, one year, I was in a cluster of three classrooms that was near the field behind the DYA. Never understood why we were so separate. I remember going swimming in the summer at the outdoor pool "on the economy" (not part of the American housing area) behind the school and up (yet another) hill.

    When I heard that the property had been turned back over to Germany and that the buildings were stripped of the wiring, pipes etc. for recycling, I was sad. I remember that they had just repainted our building from the drab white to the gold/rust brown color scheme in the photos. Friends who returned for addition duty tours saw renovated kitchens and baths. So sad that it is all gone.

    One last thing... when I was there, we didn't have these giant iron fences along the streets etc. Post 9/11 enhancement?

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  36. Oh wow... I lived on Texas Rd. I think 17-A... From 79-84. I remember that our unit was in the ends stairwell had 4 bedrooms, and was the bottom balcony on the right. The edge of our building was close to the field that we used to cross, diagonally, to get to the Edeka Market, Totto Lotto and Backerie. We had a basketball court and playground behind the building that I used to roller skate on. I used to walk to the DYA, the school up on the hill (go Roadrunners!) Oh, wait! Except third grade. I was in this cluster of three building joined in the shape of a T at the edge of the baseball field by the DYA. I have no idea why were were separated like that.

    I remember riding my bike EVERYWHERE! We would use our pocket change to go to the Schnell Imbiss for a bratwurst mit brotchen and pommes frittes and in the summer we would go to the outdoor swimming pool "on the economy", meaning not on the American housing complex, up the hill behind the school.

    Those were simpler times. Still worried about terrorist threats (I remember someone getting into their car one morning and it exploded) but overall we were pretty carefree as kids living here. Good times...

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  37. Enjoy the posts. I also lived there '57-'59 in one of the buildings near that plant with the huge coal piles. Went to grade school, played baseball and listened to alot of "The Purple People Eater" song at the AYA when it came out. Long time ago with good memories when kids had fun running and playing outside.

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    1. Hello, We are Butzbach oldtimers. Lived there from 1956-58 at 12B Texas Rd. My father was a Major in 7th Tank Btl at Ayers. The sports teams at that time were the Red Devils and the Ramblers. Also remember the insane sled run next to the elementary school. Very fond memories of Butzbach and Germany in general. We went back in 2008 but didnt make it to Butzbach. But I did recall how beautiful a country Germany is. We were all very fortunate to have been there.

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  38. Hi all, it makes my heart swell when I hear such fond memories of the town that I was born in. Both of my parents are 100% German, however Dad while visiting the US in the 50's joined the American Army. After basic training he asked to be stationed in Germany, he was sent to Butzbach where he met and married my mom. My older brother and I were born in Butzbach in 1957 & 1959. My mothers parents (Wilma & Hans Bohlefeld) owned the Piccolo Pub & Restaurant where many Americans hung out which is how Dad met Mom! :-) I often look for souvenirs from Butzbach, but find it very difficult. My husband & I did go back about 15 years ago, I had trouble finding my way around since it had grown so since I was a child. The Piccolo is now owned by someone else and is not called that anymore. If you were standing on the fountain facing the town, the narrow street to the left would lead you to the Piccolo, it stood on a corner. We lived above it. Dad has since passed away, mom lives in the states with us but we miss our days in Butzbach.

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  39. I was stationed there in 1955 and it was a very nice place. I missed it when I left.

    Francis Whittier

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  40. Hi,I'm a from Butzbach. Since I'm only 16 y/o I hardly rember the place and the people being here. But it's very sad that they have torn down most of the buildings now. It must have been great with all the Americans, here. It would be very cool if they would still be here.
    Now, Butzbach actually is a extremly boring and really run down town, which has no money to change it. Butzbach has lost the glory it once had by now. It's very sad to see this.

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  41. i lived on Michigan Street, back in 1969-71. I remember looking out our windows and seeing the prison.

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  42. I lived at 7 C Michigan Road from 1957 -1960 and attended Butzbach Elementary. Elvis Presley came to visit Mrs. Stanley who lived behind us with her three sons and later became his step mother. Butzbach was a wonderful town to live in.

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  43. I lived at 7C Michigan in the fifties. We loved living in Butzbach. One evening, my friends and I were playing when Elvis Pressley came to visit Mrs. Stanley who would later become his stepmother. She lived in the apartment building behind ours. Elvis stopped and chatted with us for a few minutes. My brothers and I attended Butzbach School.

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  44. Is there a site for students who attended Butzbach Elementary to reconnect?

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  45. I lived in the building next to the CDC and right across from the prison from 99-02. I was the middle stairwell, middle apartment on the right. I remember having to look at the prison wall every day. But, I do miss it.

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  46. We lived there 68 to 71. I don't even remember the street any more. Just that it was the last row of housing on the right. Civilian housing was on the left. An apple orchard was across the road that a shepard used to walk his sheep through and we loved taking walks in the woods above the orchard and seeing sites such as the old Roman watchtower and going to the swimming pool. I loved visiting the town. I've never found fresh bread as good as what I bought in the bakery there and Christmas in Butzbach was special with all of the vendors set up along the street and the ride with the swings. I loved shopping there. So glad we had the experience. I remember going to the pizza vendor that operated out of a trailer in the civilian housing area and watching him throw the crusts in the air to stretch the dough and make the pizza to order. Oh and the Brotwrust and frits out of another vendors trailer. It was a wonderful town and such a friendly place to shop. I really hadn't realized that they had closed the post there. So sad.

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  47. My memories are from 2003 and 2004. The support of the Germans during Iraqi Freedom was absolutely amazing. I have only the most wonderful memories of coming home from Iraq to beautiful Friedberg. My time in Friedberg was truly the best time of my life. The Germans and the Americans really got along well. That will always be home for me.

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  48. I spent my first year of marriage with my Army spouse on the third floor above the Piccolo downtown Butzbach from 1968-1969 and maybe 70. I loved every moment, from shopping in the small stores to Sundays eating cake and window shopping. Christmas was magical and I wrote a fiction book that actually included a Christmas story about a friend and her fiancee who was a sailor and managed to get leave from Canne, France and surprise us (she was visiting) at midnight on Christmas eve and the old church. The Butzbacher Zeitung took a picture of my two German friends and me sitting on the diving board the first opening day at the swimming pool with a caption inviting others to visit - we nearly froze. The book is still available in ebook and Amazon Marketplace: Arirang: The Bamboo Connection.

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  49. I spent my first year of marriage with my Army spouse on the third floor above the Piccolo downtown Butzbach from 1968-1969 and maybe 70. I loved every moment, from shopping in the small stores to Sundays eating cake and window shopping. Christmas was magical and I wrote a fiction book that actually included a Christmas story about a friend and her fiancee who was a sailor and managed to get leave from Canne, France and surprise us (she was visiting) at midnight on Christmas eve and the old church. The Butzbacher Zeitung took a picture of my two German friends and me sitting on the diving board the first opening day at the swimming pool with a caption inviting others to visit - we nearly froze. The book is still available in ebook and Amazon Marketplace: Arirang: The Bamboo Connection.

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  50. thank you for these wonderful pictures. I was there in Butzbach from Aug. "69" to July "70" as a dependent.I am doing our family history and have been looking for years for pictures of the military housing area of Butzback. Thank you again for your research:) A. Lee

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  51. Thank You for your pictures. I am doing the family history and have been looking for years for pictures and/or information about the Butzbach military housing area where I stayed as a dependent from Aug."69" to July "70". Again, thank you:)

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  52. Being a single EM in 1968-69 when I was in Schloss, all I can relate to now is the friendly citizens of Butzbach. Had to live on post.
    I miss all the traveling and fun I had there. No female companions, just us buddies behaving badly at times.
    Oh for the good ol' days and to be able to go back there. Left after volunteering for Vietnam to get away from drinking like a fish. It worked, but at a terrible health cost. Live and learn.
    6/562nd 32AADCOM
    "eDuece"
    JW
    tinlize@msn.com

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  53. Wow!!!! It's certainly wonderful to read all these amazing posts!!! We lived in Butzbach from 69 to 72!!! Even though I was only 5 when we left I have so many memories!!! I don't know what street we lived on but it was right across the street from a school. I recall seeing sheep herders take the herd to pasture many times. Recall sliding down the slope behind our building on pieces of cardboard. Remember seeing Santa ride by on a horse one Christmas. Also remember taking many walks through the woods behind the school with my mother and sister. Also going to the butcher shop in the village. Does anyone remember a time when the yard in front of one of the buildings was filled with children because two little girls were throwing down chestnuts one by one from the balcony of a second floor apartment...my grandfather had brought us a box of chestnuts from Italy and we didn't know any better!!!! All the children kept cheering us on and we just kept throwing them over the balcony!!! My mother was upset with us but now she laughs everytime we tell the story!!! Many fond memories!!! It was such an amazing and innocent time!!!! If anyone can tell me the name of the street I will greatly appreciate it!!! TD

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  54. I lived there from late 1958 to mid 1962. Ages 4 to 8. Address was 9D Texas Road (from an old report card). My best friend in school was Al (I do not remember his last name). I remember the sheep herders with their flocks in the field next to the apartments, the worms after a heavy rain, the candy store that 10 pfenning would get you more than a bagful of goodies, the playgrounds with the wooden swings (I still have dreams of the danger), being outside all day long (no TV), the colored entrance doors (I know I made more than one mistake), no trees or fences, scooters, blonde housekeeper named Inge, the night time alarms and mobilizations - I remember more than I thought. My mother told me I used to speak fluent German, all I can do today is count (even today). One day soon I hope to go back. The town looks absolutely wonderful.

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  55. It is so nice to see that kids had such a great time during their time at Butzbach...We were there 58 to 60..I played all the sports and even the 9th grade basketball team before we left for Fort Dix..Alex Morales and I lived in the same building..Thanks for the ability to comment...

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  56. My family and I also lived on Texas in Butzbach, Germany. We live there from 1991-1994. I don't remember the apartment number, but we lived on the second floor left side apartment. The apartment was a part of the group of apartments closest to the tree line. Myself and my brothers and sisters all attended Butczbach Elementary. Very fond memories of our time in Butzbach, and very fond memories of other places in Germany.

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  57. My family and I also lived on Texas in Butzbach, Germany. We live there from 1991-1994. I don't remember the apartment number, but we lived on the second floor left side apartment. The apartment was a part of the group of apartments closest to the tree line. Myself and my brothers and sisters all attended Butczbach Elementary. Very fond memories of our time in Butzbach, and very fond memories of other places in Germany.

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  58. Hi,
    I was staioned with C Co 51st Inf 3rd Armd 1958-1961and also had the fortunate duty to serve in the dental clinic which was up in the Military housing area. I met a number of wonderful people and like most of us, have fond memories. Then again this was the age of growth. The chance to have begun developement in life started right there in Butzbach. Have a nice day. Charles

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  59. I lived eventually lived Texas also ... my first house was at the top of the hill across from the dispensary. As a kid I went to Giesbach (Giessen/Butzbach) and then to Frankfurt HS. My last name is Tripp and there were 6 kids (I'm the oldest) in my family, so if you where there from 73-76 you probably knew someone in my family. I loved my experiences their and if you don't know it ... there's a facebook group for Butzbach!

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  60. Wow. This brings back memories. My Dad was stationed in Kirchgoins (spelling?) 1962-1965. We started out at 5G Georgia Road, (temp. quarters), then to 9B Michigan Road. Five kids when we got there and 6 when we left. ages 11 and down. I remember a lot of kids from school.We are the Branch family. Debbie, Patty, Doug, Sherry, Kenny and Tina.

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  61. There used to be a web link to a Schloss Kaserne "forum" page. Many, many former Kaserners have posted to that page.
    Does anyone have the link to that page? I can no longer find it and am going to be in Butzbach in September and October 2014.
    Please send the link to me if you have it.
    Thank you.
    tinlize@msn.com
    "eDeuce"
    Butzbach '68-'69

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  62. My ex-husband and I were stationed at Gießen Kassern and lived on Texas Rd from 1998-2001. These pics bring back so many memories! We were there during 9/11 and I will always remember the incredible outpouring of care and concern from our civilian neoghbors. Thank you so much for sharing!

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