Notes Regarding Document "Railway Survey", Nov 97

Document was sent to CA Historic Preservation Officer, with copy to us.

A portion of the Naval Weapons Station may be accepted as one of our Nation's historic sites relating to WWII. That means the Navy will maintain and protect it. The area, to be called the Fallbrook Detachment Historic District has been nominated to the National Register, the official listing of historic sites. It tells the story of the Navy's mission to in WWII, as it relates to the architecture of ammunition depots, and its role especially in supplying the Pacific Fleet. The significance is not in any individual building, but all together is the historic significance. Now it appears that the branch railroad built to Fallbrook in 1917 will be included as part of it. When the Navy started removing track which crossed the NWS three years ago, the California Historic Preservation Office, which has the Fallbrook Detachment listed on the State Register, requested this study.

Conclusion was that removal of rails has bad effect on Fallbrook Detachment Historic District, and also recommended that the old section house area should be included

Crawford's 1997 evaluation of which showed the railway as contributing to the. It is already on California's list of historic sites.

Had to be done because Navy, now using trucks primarily to move and store ammunition began removing the rails. The Navy was notified that railway might be declared one of the Nation's historic sites.

Removal of the rails could affect its eligibility. So study done to inventory the railway and to recommend mitigation and management.

Conclusion was that removal of rails has bad effect on Fallbrook Detachment Historic District, and also recommended that the old section house area should be included

Recommended is preservation in place and routine monitoring and maintenance Artifacts collected will be curated temporarily until deposited in the curation facility designated by the Navy.

NWS is technically Weapons Support Facility, Fallbrook. The part which is historic will be called the Fallbrook Detachment Historic District. It includes everything within the nws boundaries

The NAD, as it was known then was part of my growing up. Trucks of the Depot conveyed loads of ammunition own the highway (then known os US 395) after leaving the Depot on Ammunition Road. They were on their way to ships in the harbor at San Diego. my mother's cafe was along this road (across from Millie's Costumes), My job One of my jobs was to sweep the floors. If I was inside sweeping, I'd run out when I heard the sirens announcing the convoy of military trucks., I'd wave at the drivers.(and they waved back). With the arrival of the Depot, brought jobs for many locals. In an old photo of my Dad, he is standing proudly in his guard's uniform, one of the first jobs available, even before the Navy officially took over. Later he worked for the Navy The Navy brought prosperity to Fallbrook, hard hit by the Depression.

Originally, a site close to the ranch House was proposed. However, it was changed the present location because of the town of Fallbrook, where the branch rail line terminated, and where there was an access road. The land was condemned and acquired from owners. Was approved in April, 1942.

Sec 5, p. 20. The purpose of the depot was to receive, store and guard large quantities of explosives and ammunition and to distribute and deliver the kinds and quantities required for use. Deliveries were made by trucks under station convoy. Shipments to the depot were by railroad. Supplied were surface ships and submarines, aircraft and the Marine Corps


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