Friedberg Off The Beaten Path

  • 1. The deactivated American Army base
    1. The deactivated American Army base
    by Nemorino
  • 2. Main gate of Ray Barracks
    2. Main gate of Ray Barracks
    by Nemorino
  • 3. Army Home of Elvis Presley, 1958-1960
    3. Army Home of Elvis Presley, 1958-1960
    by Nemorino

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    Bike path on the Usa

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 5, 2011

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    Bike path on the Usa

    The Usa is a small river to the east of Friedberg. It is a tributary of the Wetter River, which in turn is a tributary of the Nidda.

    After flowing through Bad Vilbel and Frankfurt, the Nidda finally empties into the Main River at the Wörthspitze in Frankfurt-Höchst.

    The Main (pronounced more or less like the word "mine" in English, not "main") eventually joins up with the Rhine at Mainspitze, across from the city of Mainz.

    From there the Rhine flows in a generally northwesterly direction through Germany and the Netherlands for a distance of 535 ½ kilometers (that's the figure given in my cycling guidebook), passing places like Bacharach, Koblenz, Bonn, Cologne and Düsseldorf before reaching Rotterdam and the North Sea.

    The Usa River in my photo is at 50°19'54.66" North, 8°46'25.97" East in the Friedberg district of Fauerbach.


    After writing this I remembered that when I was a child I had a book called "Paddle-to-the-Sea", in which an Indian (i.e. Native American) boy in Canada carves a toy canoe and puts it into a river where it can float through all the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River and finally into the Atlantic Ocean.

    Thanks to the internet I have now found out that this book was written by a man named Holling C. Holling and was published in 1941. It was later made into a film, in 1966.

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    With respect

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 24, 2011

    Shane

    I salute you
    emotions strong it's hard to hide
    the gratitude I feel inside
    when courage called
    you risked your life
    I close my eyes
    your face appears
    it shows you've wept unmanly tears
    for wounds of war are rarely seen
    they're often buried deep within
    right prevails when self denied
    a hope to live
    a cause to die
    you fought a war for liberty
    allegience is your legacy

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    Görbelheimer Mill on the Wetter River

    by Nemorino Updated Apr 18, 2011

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    G��rbelheimer Mill on the Wetter River

    For over five centuries the water power of the Wetter River was used here, near Bruchenbrücken, to drive a mill that made flour and oil. The first written evidence of a mill at this location is in a document dated December 15, 1425.

    A large complex of brick buildings (dating perhaps from the eighteenth or nineteenth century) is still standing and now houses an art gallery and publisher, galerie hoffmann.

    In the late Middle Ages there was also a village just south of the mill, but the village was abandoned in 1525 when the last inhabitants emigrated to Hungary or the Ukraine.

    GPS 50°18'53.14" North; 8°46'59.79" East

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    Ossenheim

    by Nemorino Written Apr 18, 2011

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    Ossenheim (click to enlarge)

    This fancy sign says "Welcome to Ossenheim, 1200 years, 807 - 2007".

    They trace their history back to 807, because that is the first year that Ossenheim was mentioned in any written document.

    Ossenheim is on the Wetter River, southeast of Friedberg. In 1971 Ossenheim became a part of the city of Friedberg.

    GPS 50°19'28.91" North; 8°47'26.41" East

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    Youth Arrest Institution

    by Nemorino Written Apr 18, 2011

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    Jugendarrestanstalt (JAA)

    I must admit that when I saw this building surrounded by walls and barbed wire and more walls and more barbed wire, I thought it must be a prison. But I have since learned that it is not a prison but rather a "Jugendarrestanstalt (JAA)" or Youth Arrest Institution.

    The director insists that the people in his institution are not prisoners but rather young people "who have broken the law, harmed other people and are not willing to change."

    These non-prisoners have a highly regimented daily routine which includes sports and various educational offerings -- with the threat of solitary confinement for those who do not cooperate.

    GPS 50°19'36.41" North; 8°44'54.38" East

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    War Memorial

    by Nemorino Written Apr 18, 2011

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    1. Germany's second ugliest war memorial
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    This is my nomination for Germany's second ugliest war memorial. It is located in the southern part of Friedberg just across the street from the abandoned US Army base. At first I thought it was some sort of bunker or air raid shelter. Note the bristles sticking out of the corners near the top.

    On the cement wall in front of the monument are three sets of years: 1870-1871, 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, recalling the Franco-Prussian War, the First World War and the Second World War.

    The Franco-Prussian War resulted in the end of the "Second Empire" in France and the founding of the "Second Empire" in Germany. Although the French lost this war and suffered greatly as a result, they were at least able to get rid of their dictatorial Emperor Napoléon III, while the Germans were saddled with a series of blatantly incompetent emperors from the Prussian royal family, who ruled for nearly half a century until the end of the First World War.

    Second photo: Plaque identifying this monument as an "Ehrenstätte" (literally "Honor Place") for the fallen soldiers from the city of Friedberg.

    Third photo: The war memorial behind some trees.

    GPS 50°19'32.20" North; 8°44'52.47" East

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    Ray Barracks

    by Nemorino Written Apr 18, 2011

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    1. The deactivated American Army base
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    Elvis Presley was drafted into the US army in 1958 at age 23. After training was sent to Ray Barracks in Friedberg, where he was assigned a room in building 3707. Soon he applied for permission to live off-base, and since he was already rich from his recordings and concerts he was able to rent a large house in nearby Bad Nauheim, where he lived with his father, his grandmother and two bodyguards.

    To this day there is an Elvis Presley Society in Friedberg and Bad Nauheim, consisting mainly of people who knew him (slightly) at the time he was stationed there, like the German barber who gave him his GI haircuts at the base, the postman who delivered his fan mail and the mechanic who serviced his fleet of automobiles.

    Second photo: The main gate of Ray Barracks. When he was on duty Elvis arrived here every morning at six-thirty by taxi from Bad Nauheim.

    Third photo: This Elvis monument has now been installed in the middle of a new traffic circle at the southwest corner of the deactivated army base.

    GPS 50°19'19.24" North; 8°44'52.97" East

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