Mendon, Mendon Louisiana, United States discussed on Stuff They Don't Want You To Know Audio
An event in your life that you would like to, to tell us in your fellow listeners about feel free, you don't have to wait till the episode is over. You can just pause it and give us a call now. We are one eight three three s t d w g k and today we are off to camp. No, not a summer camp. Not a religious camp. None of those sorts of cancer, we're going to a camp that is much more dangerous. We're exploring a genuine literally explosive conspiracy as well as a conspiracy theory. How can both of those exists concurrently? Well, we will tell you inter- camp Mendon. Here are the facts. So there's a place called Webster parish, and solve of US highway eighty near Doyle line, Louisiana between Mendon Louisiana and Bossier or Boissier city, probably Bossier city, Louisiana this thing camp. Mendon is part of a larger compound called the Louisiana army ammunition plant or lap. LA AP. Yeah. In the history of this place goes all the way back the beginning of nineteen thirty nine and the government that is when the government used eminent domain, which you're mentioning off air band. We have yet to do an episode on. I think we might need to correct that they use this concept of eminent domain. To acquire the land before the United States entered World War to get this, this compound is just under fifteen thousand acres originally. It had a couple of different names. It was the Louisiana ordinance plant, or it was called the shell plant alluding to of course, artillery shells. And for the entirety of its time since since it was fully acquired beginning thirty nine going to forty one it has been owned by Sam. But there's an important distinction. It has been operated by private contractors. So back to back to this, this history, right? L A, AP was completed in just eleven months under the direction of a contractor Silas Mason at the time. This was middle of nowhere country. It was. Well, we're family show. It was just east of bumble f-, if you know what I mean. I end there were very few people here. So from a congressional or state pork budget kind of perspective. It makes sense to have this kind of operation there, especially if you're dealing with ordinance or something that might be dangerous. You don't want that in downtown New Orleans, right? Yeah. And it also makes sense of the time that they're that they needed a lot of amunition was right around world. War two. Right. So in may nineteen forty two there were a total of eight production lines that were opened. And then by December nineteen forty four the number of employee's hit its peak at just under eleven thousand ten thousand seven hundred and fifty four. And that was in the month of the battle of the bulge, and is a major operation. Yeah. Well, I mean, think about all the munition that was deployed during that conflict during World War Two we needed a lot of this. They were not. They were certainly not creating all of them emission shy. A good portion of it. And then the plant was deactivated after after the summer of nineteen forty five right with VJ day. But here's a spooky fact this is one of my favorite things from the research this place camp. Mendon in L, A P are used interchangeably. Let's just call it camp. Mend camp. Mendon is built on not one, but nine cemeteries are any of those native American burial grounds? No, no. There may be some people from native American populations buried there. But they were they were rural cemeteries that date through different time periods. And they are now you know, the they got a little bit better treatment than the, the stories. We hear about and things like poltergeist, right? They weren't they weren't just paved over. They are under the care of the US government, so you can see. The existing grave markers. They took out there were these wooden grave markers, right? Which you're not going to hold up very well. And the humid environment of Louisiana. And they were replaced with small concrete slabs. But the thing is the slabs don't have the names of the deceased listed on the markers. They're just slaps. Oh. Which is pretty sad. Right. The cemeteries are Allentown crew. Jim Davis, king Nottingham rain Richardson,.