This blog was created for USASTRATCOM Long Lines Battalion Army personnel who served in Taiwan during the 1965-72 time frame. Specifically, those who lived and worked in and around Taipei are the target. If you worked at the Grass Mountain or Gold Mountain facilities or anywhere in downtown Taipei, we would like to hear from you. All are welcome to visit and contribute to this blog. Your comments and pictures are encouraged.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

On The South Side Of The Hill

Very close to the Grass Mountain Community Center building is another facility. Its purpose can be defined by this quote:

"Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young, or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way it cares for its helpless members."        
 --Pearl S. Buck

South and west of the GMCC is the Taipei Municipal Yang Ming Home For The Disabled.

The approximate 500 residents are those whose mental capabilities are so limited that they otherwise could not live on their own.

This complex wasn't here in 1968, but its history can be read by clicking HERE.

The Grass Mountain Community Center is circled in red. Just west and slightly below it is the residence center circled in blue.

Google Earth Street View shows the approach to the front of the main administration building.

Going in the opposite direction leads to the outskirts of the Chinese Culture University and then becomes another road to Tianmu.

Just a closer look

The gated entrance with the descending road continuing

A bit further with the sidewalk on the right

Photo by Susan Curry

Nearing the complex walls

The name of the institution

This is the end of the road as far as the home for the disabled is concerned.

Continuing on the road to the left will eventually take the rider back to the approach to the GMCC.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks again and as always John! Have been wondering what this facility was, built practically in the backyard of my former home, C-21 ('67-69, and home of the Longacre family, '69-71). I have been struggling with a satellite photo for months now - the problem was that the photo was labelled 1967 and shows the road being built that wraps around the eastern and northern portions of this facility (the 90-degree turn of which is shown in your last photo here). In the back of my mind, I knew that road did not exist when we lived there, and now conclude this particular satellite photo is not properly dated (original satellite photo is from the Taiwan Forest Service). Catching up on email soon!