El Toro Marine Base Circa Now // For the Record

I was driving out near the old El Toro Marine Base in Irvine this afternoon. The deconstruction/destruction of the old structures is well under way and has been for some time… I remember when the Marine Base closed down in 1999; the buildings have stood yawning and empty since, bees and creatures taking up residence behind the barbed-wire fences that ring the property.
I had an hour before meeting a client today and had to stop and document where the land is at right now, for better or worse. Either way, it is where it is, the rubble of 40’s- & 50’s-era barracks, hangars & buildings underfoot as progress marches forward.
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Playground, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Up-Ended Footers, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Playground, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Canary Island Palms & Tangled Foundation, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Cracked Ceramic Electrical Insulator, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Fallen Metal Halide Street Light, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Northwest view of Hangars, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Barracks, Eucalyptus, & Blocked Street, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Service Bay, Warehouse, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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“End” & “Road Closed”, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Ranger Manual, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Dirt Piles Echoing Saddleback, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Chain-Link Fence, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Barracks & Dead Eucalyptus, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Sunlit Sandy Canyon, Near El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Dead End, Near El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Dry Palms & Blank Sign, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007
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Canary Island Palms & Light, El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, California, October 2007

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