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Elko Tract in Henrico County, Virginia is one of central Virginia's ghost towns. During World War II, the area was converted into a false airport/military base made from canvas and plywood. The goal was to provide a decoy for German or Japanese bombers on night raids looking for the nearby Byrd Airfield – a military encampment of importance to East Coast protection. Theoretically, when reports would come from eastern Virginia that enemy bombers were flying overhead, power to Byrd Airfield would be cut and simultaneously the lights would come up on Elko Tract. A false landing strip would convince any bombers that they had reached their target. No attempts were ever made however, and Elko Tract became a field again until the White Oak Technology Park was developed there in the late 1990's.

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