Friday, October 28, 2005

Coeur d'Alene actually had a USO???

You betcha...evidently we had one here back in the World War II days, and I do believe it was located in City Park (it might've still been called "Blackwell Park" back then).

At the top is a "real" "pre-color" photo of the USO, and at the bottom, is a color postcard (a drawing from a photo, I presume) which shows it surrounded by some sort of social gathering.

I know that the Farragut Naval Base in Bayview was a going concern back then, and perhaps there were others who were stationed in Spokane (was there an Air Force Base (Army Air corps?) over there back then, and perhaps other servicemen were stationed here in CDA. If indeed that's the case, there woulda been a lot of servicemen in this area who may have partaken of the USO's amenities.

As you can see, I'm really foggy on this, but I thought I'd throw it out there; perhaps I'll get comments from people who actually went into the USO or had older friends or relatives that did. Here, it looks like quite a big structure, but like so many other things around our fair city, it vanished without a trace.

There's another multi-part posting lurking below; I'd like to think that the reader who enters this blogsite approaches it with a spirit of "he/she'll never know what he'll/she'll get". Hence, this little single-item entry.


Blogger Songwraith said...

CDA USO: My aunt worked behind the counter there during the war. I had seen one picture of her there (inside) but never any others. Neat photo and card!

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