Photos of Camp King in Oberursel

A stateside reader of my post Zum Fuchstanz near Oberursel/Feldberg wrote that he had been living in Camp King in the 60s and was interested in its progress. And as I live so close to this former military camp – I can see it from my kitchen window – I sometimes tend to forget its historical significance.

Back in the 1960s, only fields and meadows separated the northern end of the camp from the Feldberg mountain. On those same fields, the German development “Im Rosengärtchen” was constructed in 1972, and this is where I am sitting and writing this post while facing the Feldberg mountain on this overcast day.

To revisit Camp King’s history, I took another walk through the area to take some photos.

One of the two buildings left on the northern end of the camp, which is facing the Feldberg mountain.

One of the two buildings left on the northern end of the camp, which is facing the Feldberg mountain.

The extended yard has been replaced by a narrow parking strip. Gone are the old trees!

The extended yard has been replaced by a narrow parking strip. Gone are the old trees!

Housing was built away from the main road (Hohemarkstrasse), but now has been filled in by a commercial building.

U.S. housing had been built away from the main road (Hohemarkstrasse), but now the space has been filled in by a commercial building.

Connecting the old with the new... I pass through this passage way everytime on my way to the super market.

Connecting the old with the new… I walk through this passage on my way to the super market.

Looking from the northern end building onto what used to be farmers's fields. The big housing yard is still there, but the view to the Feldberg is obstructed by this 1972 German housing project.

Looking from the northern end building onto what used to be farmers’ fields. Note: the big yard still is there, which must be the envy of the German neighbors with their Lilliputian plots.

Walking towards the end of the camp where the officers' housing used to be.

Walking towards the end of the camp where the administrative buildings and officers’ housing used to be.

A bit of nature left within the area for summer outings.

A bit of nature remains for summer outings.

Restored half-timbered house up on the hill

Yet unrestored half-timbered building up on the hill.

Old and new mixed in Camp King

Old and new mixed in Camp King

The camp was named after Colonel Charles B. King on 19.09.1946.

The camp was named after Colonel Charles B. King on 19.09.1946.

The former basketball gym's wooden floor was turned into a woodcarving by Thomas Kilpper. It is called "Don't look back" and tells Camp King's history.

The former basketball gym’s wooden floor was turned into a woodcarving and preserved by Thomas Kilpper, whose artwork tells the history of the camp.  He titled it “Don’t Look Back”.

To learn more about Oberursel and its Camp King history, visit Oberursel Today or you might like to join me on a walk through Camp King via podcast.

Comments

  1. Richard Dooley says:

    Maria,

    Thank you for your wonderful web sites about Camp King and the city of Oberursel. I was stationed at Camp King with my wife and 3 sons from January 1979 to July 1985 and we absolutely loved every minute of it. We only lived on Camp King for 4 months and then Frau Grantz, who worked at Camp King, helped us find a house, first in Uzingen and then in Neu Anspach. We still call and write to our landlords. My wife, Kate, and I are planning to visit this summer which will be our first trip back in 25 years. I know Mr. Kilpper’s artwork is titled “Don’t Look Back”, but memories as nice as those of our years at Camp King are a joy to look back at.

    Again, thank you so very much,

    Rich Dooley
    Pentagon Force Protection Agency
    9000 Defense Pentagon
    Washington, D.C. 20301-9000

  2. Linda L. Hall says:

    thank you for the pictures. My husband was stationed at Camp King from 1983 – 1987. We lived in Temporary quarters (on the 4th floor) of one of the buildings – then moved to Frankfurt at the Edwards facility. We had to commute from Frankfurt to Camp King – I used the Ubahn so much – can still close my eyes and see it. I was wonder is there still the Pizza shop (as you go out what was the front gate to the left) – it had some of the best Pizza with hot peppers – also at the stop for the Ubahn there was a bakery that had some of the best breads and coffee. Would buy my coffee there for home use and have it fresh ground. We were stationed two times in the Frankfurt area – the first time from 1977 – 1980. So we were in Germany for 6.5 years total. My Great Grandmother is of German decent. Last name was Eschbach. Never got a chance to really research it like I would have like – but the minute I steped on German soil I felt so at home. The people were so wonderful to my family – helping us learn the language and how to get around – enjoyed the Volksmarches. So many fond memories.

  3. Rich,
    When you do come this summer, please contact me. I will send you a private message with more information.
    Thanks for the positive feedback – this is always very much appreciated!

  4. Linda,
    The U-Bahn is still running and the pizzeria on Hohemarkstraße you described is still there and doing good business.As a matter of fact, this has been our family restaurant for years, it is in walking distance from our home.

    I remember a bakery being there at the U-Bahn station “Kupferhammerweg”, but this one closed down several years ago. The shop has changed hands a few times, the location is not that good for customers anymore.

    Glad to know you have fond memories! Oh yes, and the Volksmarches. So typical for Germans to take a walk on Sundays, with or without a medal at the end:-), but a beer in hand.

  5. David Jackman says:

    Maria,
    Thank You so much for you video walking tours and these photos. They brought back many fond memories. On my second tour to Germany, my wife I lived in Neu Anspach and then at Camp King. We were the last military family living there. I was the 22 Signal Brigade Executive Officer and was responsible to move the Brigade Headquarter to Darmstadt and ensure the post was properly returned to the German government. My office was in the big building at the top of the hill and I lived next door to it. The only time I could walk to work.

    My seven years in Deutschland was a wonderful experience. For five of those years, I lived off base in Wurzburg and then in Neu Anspach and met so many wonderful people.

  6. Interesting! For the past 23 years, I have been living adjacent to the former Camp King, and my hometown is Schweinfurt (near Würzburg), the former home of two other army bases: Ledward and Conn Barracks.

  7. George Rusnak says:

    I was stationed in Camp King from Feb 1946 to Aug 1952.

  8. Alton Jarman says:

    The top floor of the TMO&CC was the BOQ (Bachelor Officers Quarters)

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