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Area of World War II bombing range

Posted Thursday, September 3, 2009, at 2:36 PM

Several years ago I talked with two young men who were going into the area in and around the old World War II bombing range.

Their job was to seek out and see if removal of any unexploded bombs or other danagerous items should be removed and/or detonated.

This was on an August morning.

I advised them they may want to think about coming back in the winter and doing their search of the area.

When one of them asked why I was making that suggestion, I replied with only one word. Rattlesnakes.

They didn't hang around long after I made that remark.

My advice to them was based on making trips into that general area with law enforcement officials seeking moonshine stills and those trips never took place in the winter months.

We came across a few moonshiners and several rattlesnakes duing those trips

Was my advise to the two young government men planning to survey the area good or bad? I'd like to hear some comments from people who have or do still live near the area.l

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Bo, Me and rattlesnakes can not occupy the same piece of land because I tend to flee from before them, so I tried not to spend very much time in the "bloody 18th" or "bombing range". However, we lived real close when we lived at Kingston Mill or Anchor Mill. Rattlesnakeland was just across the river. Also my Uncle lived at Halls Mill and was just across the river from Rattlesnakeland. When I was little my Daddy told me that rattlesnakes would not cross the river and I believed him, so I have probably been close to them many times and did not even know it.

One thing that came to my mind the other day when David was talking about maneuvers was that my aunt raised turkeys and she had several steel pots (Army helmets) left over from the maneuvers that she used for turkey watering troughs.

Now to answer your question. Was your advice to the two young government men good? Yes, absolutely.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Sep 3, 2009, at 4:21 PM

Things you never knew about Bedford County...very interesting had no idea...

-- Posted by driedleaves on Thu, Sep 3, 2009, at 4:28 PM

Sound advice Bo, VERY sound advice. I've lived in Bedford County all of my nearly 51 years and have seen more rattlers than I care to. I live in the Halls Mill area of Unionville and have killed two on my property in the last three years.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Sep 3, 2009, at 9:10 PM

Yes sir that was good advice. I live just outside of the Unionville Area and when I'm mowing I have a old beat up .38 Revolver with Snake Shot as Standard Equipment. I haven't seen any this year YET, but they are out there. I bet a lot of people didn't know about the Bomb Range. I saw the Census Survey guy a while back while I was Mowing. He asked me about the Gun and I told him about the Snakes. I think he was watching his step a little more after that.

-- Posted by MyMrMarty on Thu, Sep 3, 2009, at 10:57 PM

Ain't but four kind of snakes I am afraid of. Big 'uns, Little 'uns Live 'uns and Dead 'uns. Show me a snake and I'll show you my gittin' gone gear.

-- Posted by chs61 on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 2:22 PM

chs61, I hope you have got room for one more on that bus, because I would like a ticket please.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 2:35 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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