Air Force Base, Santa Rosa Island

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Air Force Base, Santa Rosa Island

From 1951-1963, a large military development consisting of seven two-story barracks, a mess hall, a power house, a pier, three maintenance buildings, seven administrative support buildings, two water tanks, an incinerator, and a number of small sheds dominated the landscape. The U.S. government leased about ten acres for this Air Force Air Control and Warning Station in response to the threat of attacks during the Cold War. It was manned until 1963 with up to 300 personnel, and serviced by the U.S. Navy out of Port Hueneme Naval Base using 85-foot Crash Boats. Fresh water was barged to the location. In 1965 the facility was abandoned, and in the early 1990s, the facility was largely torn down by Channel Islands National Park.


Excerpt from Draft Historic Resource Study, Channel Islands National Park, by D.S. (Dewey) Livingston. National Park Service, 2006 Pdficon small 2.gif


When the Air Force abandoned the facility in 1965, the following buildings were left on the island, including five of which were two stories:

  • Civil Engineering Maintenance Shop (457 square feet)
  • Building 101. Headquarters, SQ. (3,029 square feet)
  • Building 102. Officer Quarter (6,442 square feet)
  • Building 106. Heating Plant (860 square feet)
  • Building 106A. Water Supply Treatment (101,000 square feet)
  • Building 107. Building (1,319 square feet)
  • Building 110. Dispensary (3,200 square feet)
  • Building 113. Pier, Cargo (279,000 square feet)
  • Building 114. Building (400 square feet)
  • Building 125. Dormitory, Airmen (5,710 square feet; 2 floors)
  • Building 126. Dormitory, Airmen (5,710 square feet; 2 floors)
  • Building 127. Dormitory, Airmen (5,710 square feet; 2 floors)
  • Building 128. Dormitory, Airmen (5,710 square feet; 2 floors)
  • Building 129. Dormitory, Airmen (5,710 square feet; 2 floors)
  • Building 131. Dining Hall, Airmen (4,198 square feet)
  • Building 133. Technical Training (1,267 square feet)
  • Building 134. Service Club (1,834 square feet)
  • Building 135. Recreation Building (3,360 square feet)
  • Building 147. Auto Maintenance Shop (2,193 square feet)
  • Building 148. Civil Engineer Maintenance Shop (1,930 square feet)
  • Building 149. Auto Storage Shed (3,456 square feet)
  • Building 150. NCO Open Mess (1,137 square feet)
  • Building 151. Radio Relay Building (248 square feet)
  • Building 154. Warehouse (2,138 square feet)
  • Building 200. Communication Receiver Building (2,138 square feet)
  • Building 210. Communication Transmitter Building (1,220 square feet)
  • Building 300. AC&W Operations Building (5,995 square feet)
  • Building 302. Tower Navaid
  • Building 303. Administration Office (1,655 square feet)
  • Building 304. Dining Hall, Airmen (1,621 square feet)
  • Building 306. Tower Navaid
  • Building 308. Tower Navaid
  • 1018. Water Storage Tank
  • 1019. Water Storage Tank
  • various Water Supply Mains
  • various Sanitary Sewage Mains
  • various Electric Distr. System
  • Roads
  • Fencing
  • Storm Drainage
  • Sidewalks
  • Open, Auto Storage