At a remote desert site six miles north of Kramer Junction is a former military base and Federal Prison Camp, with an active FAA radar facility. The prison, which closed in April 2000, was one of around 47 minimum security federal prison camps in the country, and housed about 540 male inmates. Workers in the prison assembled parts for military vehicles and rebuilt forklifts for the army. The boarded up prison facility is located on the site of the old Boron Air Station. Also known as the Boron Air Force Radar Facility, it was managed by nearby Edwards Air Force Base, and consisted of several barracks and administration buildings spread out over a few hundred acres, with a large radar dome at the peak of the hill. It was part of the National Air Defense Command, until its closure in 1975. Most of the facility was later used by the Prison Camp, and it is now abandoned and has been vandalized. The domed structure at the hill top is still in use by the FAA for aircraft flight tracking.
Boron Air Station and Prison, California