Two postcards donated to Local History Department

Two postcards were recently donated to the Local History Department.  One shows two of the three-story buildings used to house the Strategic Air Command airmen at the Columbus Air Force Base while the other captures the Heritage Motel in Columbus.

The Columbus Air Force Base was established on June 26, 1941 as the Air Corps Advanced Flying School and soon renamed the Columbus Army Flying School.  After World War II, the base remained inactive until 1951 when it was reopened for the Korean War. The base was then renamed the Columbus Air Force Base and transferred to Strategic Air Command in 1955.

The Strategic Air Command (SAC) was the operational establishment in charge of America’s land-based strategic bomber aircraft and land-based intercontinental ballistic missile  strategic nuclear arsenal from 1946 to 1992. SAC was created with the stated mission of providing long range bombing capabilities anywhere in the world.

The second postcard is of the Heritage Motel located on Highway 45 North.  Dating from around the 1970s, the card boasts that the motel contains 25 air conditioned units, a swimming pool, tiled baths, carpeted floors, and room telephones.

Patrons can find these postcards and more in the Lowndes County Postcard Collection (MS 232) at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.

Published in: on June 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

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