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Home > Nevada > Hawthorne > Hawthorne Naval Ammunition Depot, Babbitt Housing Area, U.S. Highway 95, Hawthorne, Mineral County, NV



B&W Photos
View To West Showing Post Office/barber Shop (building No
HB856218
View To West Showing Post Office/barber Shop (building No
View To West Showing Post Office/barber Shop (building No
HB856219
View To West Showing Post Office/barber Shop (building No
View To Northwest Showing Thrift Shop (building No
HB856220
View To Northwest Showing Thrift Shop (building No
View To Northwest Showing Thrift Shop (building No
HB856221
View To Northwest Showing Thrift Shop (building No


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Item Title


Location
U.S. Highway 95, Hawthorne, NV

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS NV-23
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N102).
Building/structure dates: 1942 initial construction
Significance: Built during the 1940s, the Babbitt area was a comprehensively planned community constructed to house workers at the Hawthorne ammunition facility in support of the war effort. The Babbitt area was laid out adjacent to Highway 95 southeast of the ammunition plant's "Industrial Area" and northwest of Hawthorne, the seat of Mineral County. The Babbitt area housing consisted of wood-framed, prefabricated, gable-roofed duplexes clad in asbestos composition shingles. Built on concrete perimeter footing walls, the structures were erected as temporary housing. The real significance of the Babbitt Community comes from the fact that the community was a planned, segregated facility which, through the perseverance of the black residents, became an integrated facility during the 1960's and 1970's.

Subjects
Building Deterioration
Segregation
War (World War II)


Related Names
Vossler, Capt. F. A. L.
Blanchard & Maher
William Neil Company
Babbitt, Capt. H. S.
Marchant, Gordon M., Field Team
Freeman, Joe C., Photographer
Myers, Terri, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. View to West showing Post Office/Barber Shop (Building No. C192), Grocery Store/Meat Market (Building No. C193), Thrift Shop (Building No. 195) and fountain
2. View to West showing Post Office/Barber Shop (Building No. C192), Grocery Store/Meat Market (Building No. C193), Thrift Shop (Building No. 195) and fountain (Photograph NV-23-A-1)
3. View to Northwest showing Thrift Shop (Building No. 195)
4. View to Northwest showing Thrift Shop (Building No. 195)


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