Mickey Mouse Hill & the Crater

Mickey Mouse Hill & the Crater

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Portland, OR

#1 May 19, 2007
I lived in Atwater from 72-78 and of all things I cant remember I still know the address and phone number of the house we had when I lived there. Some of my special time there was spent riding around this dirt mound we use to call Mickey Mouse Hill and the Crater. The Crater was this larger hole behind the hill with a grove of trees in the middle. BMX bikes were the new thing back then and we would ride all day long there and get so thirsty we would drink canal water just to stay longer without going home, we lived through this and we also didn't wear bike helmets back then. What a time I will always remember.
Steve Sutherland

United States

#2 Sep 6, 2012
Ditto on Mickey Mouse Hill! I was born at Castle AFB in 66, and lived in 'new base housing' across the street (Juniper Avenue) for a long time. I moved east in 1979, but have been back through atwater many times. I was just looking on Google Earth for Mickey Mouse Hill, only to find they scraped the whole thing away and put in a golf course :(.

As far as Mickey Mouse Hill, don't forget the 'swamp', which was an outfall for stormwater and was filled with pussy willow reeds. We used to catch frogs and all sorts of stuff in there. Rode my bike to death in that place!

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