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Camp Wallace movie theater.
The UHCC is located on the grounds of a former WWII military base, Camp Wallace. The property has concrete foundations and oyster shell parking lots that date to the period of military use. A detailed history of the base can be found at the Santa Fe Historical Foundation Inc. facebook page. Photographs of Camp Wallace and artifacts from the site can be seen at the Old School Museum, in Santa Fe, TX.
Photograph of the movie theater at Camp Wallace. This was a generic “base movie theater” military design. The foundation of this building remains at the south end of the UHCC. Other than this building and the train loading docks, the rest of the military buildings were made of wood and left no permanent remains once they were removed. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth18510/m1/1/sizes/l/
Article about life at Camp Wallace from the Houston Chronicle, 1993. Camp Wallace recruits battle hurricane
Photograph of sound detectors at Camp Wallace. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth18512/m1/1/sizes/
A brief history of the property based on articles in THE SQUARE KNOT, a weekly newspaper for Camp Wallace. (Note that the information at the end of the article about the current size of the UHCC is incorrect.) http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/EIH/publications/annualreports/ar2003/gallaway03
Photograph of a soldier manning an anti-aircraft gun during training.
An elevated view of a Camp Wallace barracks cluster showing the flat terrain and lack of trees. This part of the campus is now densely forested, with the forest dominated by invasive Chinese tallow trees.
An Anti-Aircraft Battery marches in formation at Camp Wallace.
Six tall pillars are what remains of the blimp hangar. Photo: Patrick Peters.
Article from Texas Escapes about the Naval Air Station (the blimp base) that was built adjacent to Camp Wallace in Hitchcock. You can still see the remains of the blimp hangar—six enormous tall pillars—a couple miles south of the UHCC on road 2004. http://www.texasescapes.com/WorldWarII/Hitchcock-Naval-Air-Station.htm
Rifle training at Camp Wallace.
Photograph showing layout of the base.
Article about the transition of Camp Wallace from the army to the navy.