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Scenes of Our Local Neighborhood - 1959 - 1969




- Click Here For Larger Image -Standing At The Crossroads

Arriving back on top of the Heuchelberg from Niederhofen, we can either turn into into the barracks, or we can continue forward down the 8% Grade to Haberschlacht... No problem goin’ down, but coming back up at midnight in mid-winter... No fun...!

Pictured here is Neil Watson and yours truly, we usually chose that walk down the hill and through the woods to the Gasthaus Rose in Niederhofen.

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Mountain Top

This photo, shot from the second floor of the barracks, really give one a idea of the expanse of the Heuchelberg. Looking down the road to that tall tree is the intersection where Neil Watson and I are standing, as seen in the previous photo.

And another way that illustrates this expanse is the farthest bluff one can see in the hazy distance is just this side of Brackenheim. This bluff can be seen if you “click here”. That is the same bluff, and Brackenheim is just behind the viewer.

The castle is a bit to the right and just out of view.




- Click Here For Larger Image -Road Down The Hill To Niederhofen

There was an amazing variety of crops grown on the mountain top. Summer days on the mountain was almost dream like. It was warm and watching the crops grow and develope to harvest really put one in touch with the seasonal rhythms and processes.

For someone who grew up in suburbia it was, even at my young age, a powerful experience.

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Beautiful Summers Day On The Heuchelberg

Road down to Haberschlacht.




- Click Here For Larger Image -Road To The Gasthaus In The Woods

Gasthaus “In the woods” = Name is “Neuer Berg” (=“New Mountain” in this case better “New Hill”). - It is still very much liked and steadily frequented because of its view down to the valley - and also well known for reasonable prices by good qualities ....

By Uli Pfingstler Brackenheim/Lauffen

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Gasthaus In The Woods

This is a wonderful place to go on a warm Sunday afternoon. I think that it was not only local folks who came here, but also folks who wanted a nice day away from the city, like Heilbronn.

What was great was that all we had to do was take a leisurely stroll from the barracks. It was a beautiful day in our neighborhood.

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Gasthaus In The Woods Overview

This is Gasthaus In The Woods from another point of view, but still just as charming and enjoyable. I would love to have one of those bottles of bier right now mit ein schinkenwurst und brot, ummmmm... Wouldn't you...?

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -A Relaxing Sunday Afternoon In The Woods?

Hey Fitzpatrick...! Get back over here and stop stirring up trouble.

Jeez that guy, you can't take him anywhere...!

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Good Comrades... Moninger Bier... Prosit...!

Good Comrades enjoying a warm Sunday afternoon at the Gasthaus in the Woods, which was, yes you guessed it, in the woods behind the launching area.

So, going around the table from left to right are: Horace Reed, Ron Smith, Bob Norkol, Bill Zeien, Joe Mehorczyk, Bill Mansell, Dean Jonasen, and Marion Naeger, and of course Jim Fitzpatrick is behind the camera. Our website would be a lot leaner without his great camera work.

And when the local folks, who had had their fill of food and drink and wanted to exercise, would come over to the launching area and walk around to sight see the goings on, which was usually not much of anything unless there was an alert. And to my recollection, there was never an alert on Sundays, they were usually late on a Friday or Saturday night.

Hey, did anyone bring their camera...?

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Gasthaus In The Woods - 1968


Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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