The former Coleman Caserne in Gelnhausen

For nearly half a century after the Second World War, units of the American Army were stationed in Gelnhausen, Germany, at Coleman Caserne. The last American troops left the installation around 1992.

Looking in through the fence, 2010

Abandoned caserne, 2010

When I rode by in the summer of 2010 the old buildings were still standing empty, though parts of the site had been auctioned off and were awaiting re-development.

The former Coleman Housing Area, 2010

Like the adjoining Coleman Caserne, this housing area was used by US troops for nearly half a century after the Second World War. After the caserne was closed in 1992, the housing area continued to be used for a while for married soldiers and their families.

Looking through the fence, 2010

In the summer of 2010, the empty housing area looked clean but a bit overgrown.

New education center

On the site of the former American Elementary School, the regional government (Kreis Main-Kinzig) has built a new education center which has modern seminar rooms and other facilities for use by a variety of educational institutions, including the Adult Education Center (VHS). My photo shows what the construction site looked like in the summer of 2010.

My photos in this post are from 2010. I revised the text in 2018.

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3 thoughts on “The former Coleman Caserne in Gelnhausen”

  1. I lived there in 89 and my dad got station there again in 1994 and we left in 1998. I went to the elementary school listed above just right outside of our housing area. so many memories I hold dear to this place. My step mother was German and her sister worked at the indoor swimming pool which was located right outside the back gate of the housing area. There use to be a youth center also in the housing area on the end of the road which I lived on. This is one place I have always wanted to go back to. I have heard its changed a lot from my German cousins that still live in Germany.

  2. We lived in that housing area about 1978. Prior to that, we lived in Neuenhausslau. We went back to visit about 3 years ago. Oh, the memories. We are still very good friends with a German family we met in 1975

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