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Scenes of Our Local Neighborhood - 1959 - 1969




- Click Here For Larger Image -The Heuchelberg From Brackenheim Looking towards Haberschlacht

Standing in farmers fields looking towards Haberschlacht with “The Heuchelberg” rising up off the valley floor.

The hillsides are covered vineyards that wrap around the contours for kilometers, soaking up the sunshine to make the fine red and white wines of this region.


Image by John & Charlotte Standerfer - Texas - 1967

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The city of Heilbronn was the largest metropolitan area in our region. It is about 30 Kilometers (18.5 miles) from our Kaserne on the Heuchelberg, and it was virtually unaccessible in 1959, due to lack of transportation. Later the base had a shuttle bus to Wharton Barracks in Heilbronn, but in the beginning if we needed to go on sick-call, or to a real PX, it was done in the back of a duce and a half. Even in winter snows...!

Heilbronn was pretty much destroyed by the end of WWII, so much of what we saw was rebuilt and/or restored. Some of the restorations were true to their historical origin, but some cities and towns chose to go with a completely new city plan, and

some chose both in a more balanced plan. For a panoramic view of Wharton Barracks and some of metropolitan Heilbronn Please “Click Here” for that view. The barracks are to the right, and part of the city is beyond

If you follow the far left side of the photo to about just below center you will see a factory with several smoke stacks. Now I think that the same factory can be seen in the 5th photo down on this page. I think it was a flour mill and it is gone now. You can jump to that photo if you like if you “Click Here”. Heilbronn is largely a resident al city with not to big of a main big building business area. There are also various sized factories and small businesses that ring the city.


Wharton Barracks & Heilbronn Skyline Beyond From An Old German Postcard

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- Click Here For Larger Image -New Locks On The Neckar In Heilbronn


Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Old Locks In Heilbronn


Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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- Click Here For Larger Image -A River Barge

A river barge on the Neckar River in Heilbronn.

These vessels were completely self sufficient for both work place and home, as illustrated by the laundry hanging out to dry up on deck, below and in front of the bridge.

Image by John & Charlotte Standerfer - Texas - 1967

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Neckar River

Please “Click Here” for a great overview of Heilbronn with Wharton Barracks in the foreground .

If you look the far left-middle of the photo just above the barracks, you will see the smoke stacks of the factory visible in the next photo at the end of the river.

Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Neckar River


Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Fest In Heilbronn

This one looks like a lot of fun. I like the colorful costumes.

It's a great photo...!

Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Fest Performers In Detail

Again, a prima photo...!

There is something to say about cultural traditions that bind a nation.

Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Piqulitta’s Bar In Heilbronn

Looks like it is trying to be some sort Beatnik Hangout.


Image by Francis DeGrado - Illinois - 1961

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Piqulitta’s Bar In Heilbronn

April - 1961

Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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