Monday, February 04, 2008

Name that Village

mount tapachou 1945This picture was posted by Alverdo Sando on his Remembering Saipan & Korea blog.

Any guesses on where this is?

I can see Mount Tapachou, so it is definitely the south side of the island. Is this the Shell gas station intersection in Dandan? Is that Kannat Tabla?

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Mount TapachouThe photo above confirms that the old picture from 1945 was indeed taken from the corner of Middle Road and that other road named after a dead guy.

9 comments:

bigsoxfan said...

Great picture, An illuminating flashback into days past at any rate. Pave that coral and the same site is visible today, just as it was back then. I haven't made it past page three of his website, yet, but am enjoying the journey day by day.

Are you in competion with Deece and the WWII now?

lil_hammerhead said...

That's the intersection on Aslito Road. The left signs pointed down to Chalan Kanoa destinations, right went to the airport and left went to what is now the Shell intersection on the way to San Vicente. That median was still there when I was a child. The sign was gone.

Saipan Writer said...

Gorgeous photo. I guessed wrong. I thought this was behind the current airport, near the turn-off to COP.

lil_hammerhead said...

I was wrong. The more I thought about it, I knew I was off. Wallace HWY used to be the road up to the current day NMC. So this intersection (which looked similar to several others), is probably the Middle Road intersection.. Payless shoes on one side, Triple J on the other.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I think you are probably right. I should go down and see if I can get a modern picture from that exact angel.

KAP said...

Actually, getting a picture from the same angle (sic) is trickier than you might think. Ideally, you'd need to know the lens used and even the film format.

I tried it once up on the Rogue River by Gold Hill and it drove me batty, even using a zoom at different settings. I got close, but not acceptable to me. Of course, the guy I was imitating must have lugged an 8X10 and tripod up the same hill, so even Nikkor couldn't match it. On the bright side, I had some decent bald eagle shots until they got Kimmed.

SteeleOnSaipan said...

I thought that Middle Rd. was paved as recently as the late '80s, in which case, wouldn't there be at least a few buildings lining the road on the way north to the future McDonald's site if this were the 3J/Payless intersection?
I have no idea where else that could be as well though.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

This picture was taken in 1945.

lil_hammerhead said...

No Steele.. middle road used to be the longest road of simply nothing but jungle, up until the early 80's. There was pavement down in the 60's and 70's.. it was just a bit rough. From this intersection to the AMP Tennis Court/CHC/Navy Hill intersection.. it was one long hot drive.