Fond Memories of the Soo
Ed Coppinger

Camp Hill, PA

#1 Dec 2, 2010
Closing in on our 43rd wedding anniversary, I have very fond memories of the Soo and our first place there.I was stationed at Kincheloe AFB from 1966-1970. Married at 20 to my wife who was 18 at the time. Our first apartment was on Maple street. Cant say enough about the friendly locals and the great civilians who worked at the base.Heading toward retirement and a trip back to the soo,first since 1970, is in order.Know that you and your people are some of the finest that God ever created.Would love to get some pictures from the time when we were there or pictures of the base.

PGW

Since: Mar 08

Sault Sainte Marie, MI

#2 Dec 4, 2010
Ed Coppinger wrote:
Closing in on our 43rd wedding anniversary, I have very fond memories of the Soo and our first place there.I was stationed at Kincheloe AFB from 1966-1970. Married at 20 to my wife who was 18 at the time. Our first apartment was on Maple street. Cant say enough about the friendly locals and the great civilians who worked at the base.Heading toward retirement and a trip back to the soo,first since 1970, is in order.Know that you and your people are some of the finest that God ever created.Would love to get some pictures from the time when we were there or pictures of the base.
The Sault has changed a lot since you left the area. Kincheloe has become private residential. Nearby are Michigan prisons which seems to keep property values suppressed. The northern part of the base, where the ranch homes are located, is now condominium. Many duplexes have been bought by single owners and converted into one large single family dwelling.

The Sault now has a large Walmart store which sells groceries. There's a new plaza on the I-75 Business Spur at I-75 expressway. A lot of new motels. Two McDonald's and two Burger Kings. Clyde's Drive-In is still around, although closed for the winter--except for Kinross where there's a new Clyde's open all year. The Soo Locks are destined to be rebuilt soon. At least, they keep talking about it, but very little evidence of new construction thusfar.

You will find that Maple Street has changed very little since you left. The old neighborhoods are about the same as before, but the main streets have changed a lot. When you get back to the area, you will definitely enjoy taking a tour to see what's changed, what's missing, and what's new.

Enjoy your retirement.

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