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Location DB > United States > California > Monterey > Impossible City
 Name
Impossible City
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 Database Info
created by Anonymous on 11/9/2008 9:24 PM
last modified by Anonymous on 10/5/2023 9:27 PM
 Viewability
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 Overview
 Description
An entire "city" built of cinder-block buildings with concrete flooring. Everything ranging from 1-story "houses", 2-story houses, a "city hall", "hotel", gas stations with old pumps, some buildings with basements, sewer drain systems with off-site entry that lead to manholes in the "city", bleachers for training "class" troop formation, a training building with a complete raised-relief map of the area, a "tire maze" for live round assault training, totaled wrecked van (forgot to get a photo of it, though... we walked by it on the way in while scoping the area out and planned to get photos of it, but it started raining on us!). The wrecked van looked like it was right out of a scene from a bombed Iraqi city.
 Basic Information
Type: Outoor / Indoor
Status: Occasionally Active
Accessibility: Moderate "and then some"
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
Address

Monterey, California
United States
Owner: Bureau of Land Management
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    An entire training complex "city" built of cinder-block buildings with concrete flooring. Complete timeless post-apocalyptic and post-war "feel".
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • razor wire
  • part-time guard
  • locked gates
  • frequent DOI Ranger patrols
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1980
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • bicycle (can't park nearby... only hike and bike)
  •  Recommended Equipment
    water-proof boots
     History
    Originally part of Fort Ord, this area is so really remote that it deserves its own LDB entry and not just part of "Fort Ord".

    The area was developed during the 1980's by the 7th Infantry division and utilized as an advanced training area. The training area included a small town (called Dodge City) that had pop up shooting targets of bad guys and good guys. In the 1980's the Impossible City was built to train the infantry in urban assault tactics.

    Impossible City derives its name from the way the city is built, all areas can be easily seen from adjacent buildings, and most doors open to a central area. Today the facility is run and used by the "eff_bee_eye" for urban training. They sublease the area to local law enforcement agencies and military units such as the Navy Seals. This area is off limits to the general public.
     Media Coverage
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     Future Plans
    None.
     Stories
    Security concerns
    Sun, Nov 9th, 2008
    posted by cambrianguy


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    Cloudy/Rainy Visit
    Sun, Nov 9th, 2008
    posted by cambrianguy
    25 pictures
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    Rained out group trip
    Mon, Nov 10th, 2008
    posted by seany
    5 pictures


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     Moderator Rating
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    Category Rating
    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 7 / 10
    Content Quality 7 / 10
     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 10/5/2023 9:27 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Oct 5 23 at 21:27, Anonymous validated this location
  • on Oct 5 23 at 21:27, Anonymous changed the following: Type, History, Interesting Features, Required Equipment, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Description
  • on Oct 5 23 at 14:37, Anonymous changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Prefer Satellite
  • on Aug 19 17 at 15:46, Anonymous validated this location
  • on Aug 19 17 at 6:17, Anonymous made this location public
  • on Feb 24 09 at 3:09, Anonymous validated this location
  • on Feb 23 09 at 23:47, Anonymous changed the following: Interesting Features, Description
  • on Nov 12 08 at 14:06, Anonymous validated this location
  • on Nov 12 08 at 7:07, Anonymous updated gallery picture IMG_0200
  • on Nov 12 08 at 7:07, Anonymous updated gallery picture IMG_0198
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