Old Zacatosa Ranch Image Gallery
On May 15, 1942, authorization was given to create a new Army facility on the property known as the Zacatosa Ranch, on the eastern boundary of Del Rio, Texas; the 38 photographs of the Zacatosa Ranch exhibited below were captured just a week later on May 22, 1942.
Construction of the new base began on June 6, 1942, and Beneficial Occupation was established on October 29, 1942. On December 2, 1942, the results of the Eminent Domain Settlement included:
The first aircraft arrived at the new Army base on January 10, 1943, and on March 28, 1943, the old Zacatosa Ranch was officially dedicated as Laughlin Air Force Base in posthumous honor of Army Air Corps Lieutenant Jack Thomas Laughlin.
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