Photo of USTDC courtesy of Les Duffin

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Another View of the TDC Compound

Longtime contributor Les sent this photo, taken in July, 1978. He wrote:
It’s taken from the bridge at the head of Chung Shan North Road, heading toward the Grand Hotel, but looking back southeast along the riverbank. If you look closely, in the center you can make out the red and yellow entrance gate to TDC and just to the right of that a bit of the headquarters building.
Also, if you came back down from the gate area about 50 yards toward Chung Shan North Road, you'd be approximately where the art museum stands today.


Misty said...

I wonder what the function of the small square building on the river bank is?

George said...

Continuing a few blocks further down this road past the USTDC Gate on the right hand side was what I would describe as a dump. There were small fires going and women and children either picking through the goodies or helping to manage this. I can remember the burning smell reaching the HSA East Signal Compound on some days. Anyone else remember this ca. 1965?

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Jim said...

Great image. I was still in-country in July of 78 and although de-recognition was still 5 months off, things were definitely winding down. Maybe of interest: the dependants (kids) used to call this the "secret" gate. We used it quite a bit as a shortcut to the rec center and softball fields. The "Main Gate(s)" obviously were the two facing each other farther down Chungshan North as described in the post caption. The "back Gate" was the one facing north on Mingsu Road to the west of Chungshan. This was the one that led most directly to "Sugar daddy Row", the infamous red light/bar district north of Mingsu. Not saying these descriptions are definitive, just mentioning how this American kid remembere it.