The Mile Long Barracks - Beautiful Sunday

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After exploring the ruins of the hospital it was time for us to move on to our next destination. Our experience at the hospital was spooky at at some parts, but turned out to be quite an experience. Our next destination was suppose to be the Pacific War Memorial area, but we happen to stumble on another ruin. The barracks that is said to be the longest in the world. Join me today as we take a detour to see this ruin.


The Mile Long Barracks



If you missed the tour you can back track thru the previous sites that we visited.

Part 1 Voyage to the Island of Corregidor


Part 2 Exploring the Island of Corregidor


Part 3 The Ruins of Middleside Barracks


Part 4 The Last Stand of Battery Way


Part 5 The Colossal Gun of the Island: Battery Hearn


Part 6 The Haunted Hospital of Corregidor



 

From the hospital, that we visited it would take you around 12 minutes to reach the Mile Long Barracks. Everyone was tired already and our water supply was getting low. Leaving from the hospital road, we saw on the map that the barracks was just on the other side. Along the way we discovered a faster way to reach our destination without following the road that goes around it.


Here we found the secret stairs that leads directly to the barracks which is also close to the Pacific War Memorial area. As you could see on the map above the alternative route cannot be found on the map. You will find way to the stairs on the left side if you are leaving from the hospital. The path can easily be missed as there are a lot of plant growth in the area.


Climbing up the stairs just took us a couple of minutes which is better than taking the long road around. It seems this is the back part of the barracks which has been already over run by nature.


On the left side, you could see dark rooms and corridors. Rooms that hasn't seen the light of day for centuries now and wild animals may have already taken refuge in these rooms.


On the right side, it looks like the plant growth has been cleared out. This area can easily be accessed, but we didn't explore the area.


After passing thru the back entrance of the ruins a wide open space appeared before us. We were able to see the full length and the facade of the building.


This building is originally called Topside Barracks as it is located at the highest and widest part of the island. It was built in the year 1914, building materials included reinforced concrete and tile roofing. It's construction was to withstand hurricanes as the Pacific islands are often visited by typhoons.


It is known to be the longest military barracks in the world that has a length of 1,520 feet. You may ask, "Why is it called Mile Long?" The length of the building doesn't actually reach a mile but by walking thru all the 3 floors from end to end, it is almost a mile long. Thus the building became popularly known as the, "The Mile Long Barracks".


The Mile Long Barracks housed American officers and other enlisted men. It is also known that General Douglas MacArthur had an office somewhere here in this building. This building included a post office, billiards room, gymnasium, a bowling alley, swimming pool and a barbershop.


There were a lot of soldiers who lived in this building, we can only imagine how busy this area was during that time. Now what is left are just the ruins which is a haunting memory of that day when the Japanese dropped their bombs on the island.


Just in front of the barracks is a wide open space which is the parade grounds. The soldiers used to make their formation in this area. I think it is still being used when there are military exercises or Independence day celebration. A lot of old weapons are on display in front of the parade grounds.


Old rusted guns that has been repainted to be more presentable.


I don't know a lot about guns, but I think this maybe an old mobile AA gun.


Maybe some of you out there could name some of these weapons. I am imagining what this machine gun looked like before it was repainted. Do you think they should have just left it in it's original state? Having it painted green makes it look like just pieces of metal welded together.





It was surprising to see that there was a cinema on the island. Unfortunately, it was also not spared during that fateful day.


Just by looking at it, the cinema must have been a sight to see. It was said that it's magnificence cannot be matched by the cinemas in located in the cities during that time. Now this is one building I would want to see restored to it's former glory. Tourists could watch old movies and historical videos about the island here.


It is slowly crumbling, but they had it reinforced with steel to prevent it's further degradation. It would be a beautiful sight if we could see the cinema rebuild and still maintain it's old design. I did some research and found out that they planned to have it restored back in 2011. They had a budget allocated for 25 million pesos which is around $485,000 USD. I am not sure what happened to the plans or where the budget went as I am still seeing it is in ruins in 2019.


The Pacific War Memorial was our original destination, but I am glad we found out about the Mile Long Barracks along the way. As a bonus, it was also nice find out about the cinema.


Next time I will take you on a tour around this area where a museum and the memorial is located. A symbol of the brotherhood of two countries during the time of war.


Thank you for joining me today on our trip and I hope to see you again next time to continue our Corregidor island tour in the Philippines. Based on the map below so far this trek will take you more than 1 hour. Coming from south beach to all the stops that we made. But the trek will take you much, much longer believe me. Time estimation on the map does not come close to reality.

I wish you all a great week ahead and keep on dreaming.


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That is some amazing history on that island! Even in World History class in school, Corregidor was never mentioned, so I was not aware of it until you began blogging about it sometime back. Thanks for the history lesson and the photos and write-up about this place!

Yes I guess the Island is not mentioned in history classes. It played a big role in the battle of the Pacific. Philippine and American soldiers fighting together like brothers against a common enemy. The soldiers who were captured here were taken and forced to march 70 miles. Known as the "The Bataan Death March". The atrocities has taken shape in the form or paintings and artworks. I did a post a year ago about it and if you are interested you could check it here https://steemit.com/art/@watersnake101/ghostsfromatrocities-tlbclvj6t1 . I must warn you though as some paintings are a bit graphic.

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It's not as much overrun with overgrowth as I expected too. So, some effort must be spent in maintaining the place.

Yes they really did a great job keeping the place in shape and fortifying the ruins to keep it's integrity. Although some parts are a bit overrun like the secret path that we went thru.

I love old buildings, there is something attractive in it.

Oh you would love it here and I am imagining you pulling out that sketchbook of yours. Sitting under a tree and just sketching to your heart's content.


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Incredible tour, @watersnake101. Wow. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures and reading your descriptions. History has much to tell us! Very sad about the island being bombed by the Japanese during the war. I'm assuming many lost their lives that day.

I can say I could be a tour guide as a second career lol. I'm very glad you enjoyed the tour and yes it is really sad to know that a lot of people perished during the attack. I could say the island has healed with the peace surrounding the island. Still the memories can never be forgotten.

It is likely I would never have known about this incredible piece of American history if you had not gone to visit this island and shared all these photos with us. I think your idea of restoring the cinema to show films about the island to tourists is a wonderful idea.

Hey @melinda010100 Oh the bond between America and the Philippines runs deep. When the American and Philippine soldiers were left behind and captured the bond became deeper. There are so many stories to tell about their sacrifice and bravery. The hardship they endured in prison camps. I think US presidents visited Corregidor in the past. I really wish they used the budget to renovate the cinema it would be surreal experiencing a cinema from the 1940's.

The bond does indeed run deep. I can't begin to imagine what those boys went through together.

An interesting site once again. Great guide! I really enjoyed learning about this place. Thanks.

You are most welcome and I am just glad that you dropped by the tour.

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Oh a typo there , I had to type long :p

Ha I knew it lol. Typos do happen lol. Yea you could easily see how long it is on the map aswell. Fascinating right?

yeaaah fascinatinggggg

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What a cool place to explore. Those barracks look like a fun place to look around.

If we had more time I would have spent more time roaming around the barracks. Amazing place. Thanks for having a look.

A beautifully written post about this ruined barracks and cinema. I hope that they restore the cinema but by the sounds of it, that money wasn't enough or they just didn't start any work on it whatsoever!

Maybe it should be left how it is as reminder of what happened or kept for the atmosphere of what once was. There's something surreal about ruins to think the place would have been vibrant.

Great post my friend!

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Hey Nicky thanks for dropping by. I think that restoration would never happen. I guess the funds might have magically disappeared in the process lol. Anyway place still do have that historical atmosphere hanging around the air. If ever you visit the Philippines the island is worth a visit for a day tour. Thanks mate.

Yes you might be right there and I'm sure magically the money "dried up". Either way, I'd still love to visit that Island if I head over to the Philippines area 🙂

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Wow! What an impressive barracks my friend.
That parade ground screams of army boots stomping on it.
You are correct, they shouldn't have painted the weapons, but instead only have applied corrosion resistant clear lacquers on it.

Another great post here!
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Thank you very much my friend. I think it was painted green when President Bill Clinton visited the island. That is a great idea someone should have thought about using clear lacquer instead. Someone told me that some of the canons used to have an nice dark patina that looked amazing.

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