New Town Barracks in Belize City, 1920's into the 1930's
INTRODUCING THE OLD NEW TOWN BARRACKS TO THE YOUNG GENERATION.
TOP PICTURE shows, that area in Belize City that served for so many purposes. The word BARRACKS tells us, that the Belize Military in those days, were stationed at this site. They had their Barracks and all military installations including ZIK-2 Radio Station in this area.
THEN, this site was where Charles Lindberg made his solo plane flight to Belize in 1928 in his plane "The Spirit of St Louis."
Thereafter it became our Local Plane Airfield. But likewise this was the main Football Field, Cricket Pitch, English man Rugby.
AND very important, it was the Horse Race Track called Circular Road, where some of Belize's best horses raced for the Championships.
Horses like Seige Narcus, owned by Don Salvador Espat and that became Central American Champion. Also famous horses like Ben Stuart 's -"Bring the Money " - and Rabateau's Aurora and Lucio Chief's Nylon - Edwardo Juan's famous "Robin" and other greats. Black Amber, Blue Gown for Ben Stuart, Glory Antillus, Silk Stockings for Bobby Espat and so many beautiful horse names.
BELOW the famous " TAMBRAM TREE DA BARRICKS" which served as a Lovers' Shade,
BUT it produced the famous crime curative "TAMBRAN WHIP". to straighten the upstarts.
The Barracks was the original Horse Race Track, - Where Marion Jones Stadium, IS BEING BUILT was called " Mammy Jeanie " ( Bird hunters' paradise and, crab catchers delight. In the early 1940's, a Horse race Stadium was built and named, as THE HONE'S PARK after Colonial Secretary Richard HONE. So the old Race Track was named CIRCULAR ROAD until Princess came to Belize in 1958, and it was renamed PRINCESS MARGARET DRIVE.
The main street to those houses was BARRACK ROAD into FREETOWN ROAD. - Barrack Road led you to QUEEN'S STREET across the Old Swing Bridge into ALBERT STREET to RACE COURSE STREET and then to QUEEN CHARLOTTE.
I remember that old tambran tree with the Barracks green before development of Hotel Ramadan and others were built there. Across from the tambran tree where MCC is now was another large grassy green field and in the back was housed the Tuberculosis hospital. That Tambran Tree fixed many rude children and even some crude adults.
I do recall the Listowel Boys correctional facility; it was first set up in Pomona Valley. I wish they would give me the Correctional Ministry, which I held in 1969. - This was Prisons and Listowel etc. - - Law and Order were respected, whether Human Rights like it or not.
Photographs by E.V. Evans, courtesy Hector Silva
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