Babbitt Theatre

21st Street and Saratoga Avenue,
Babbitt, NV 89415

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 14, 2010 at 4:51 am





How the town of Babbitt ever got to be built so a Babbit Theater could open and how the town dissapeared.

The U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot Hawthorne, Nevada, now Hawthorne Army Depot (in the middle a nowhere, a good place for such a place to be built) was built at the beginning of World War II. Civilians were needed to work in the Depot and those civilians needed a place to live. The Navy built a whole new town next to Hawthorne. It was named for Captain (that’s equal to an Army Colonel) H.S. Babbitt Inspector of Ordnance in Charge of the Depot. Babbitt of course needed a theater. As time went on the civilians were no longer needed. The last residents left Babbitt in 1987. All the buildings have been torn down except for a school building and a bowling alley. Talk about a GHOST TOWN, go to the map and see what it looks like with everything gone, but the streets!

Anyone have more info or photos?

Retired Navy Chief Bob Jensen