The Pan Am Hotel nicknamed Gooneyville Lodge was torn down in 1957. The hotel, a prefabricated structure with solar-heated hot water, electric lights, screened-in porches, and formal dining room, was used during World War II for men on rest and recuperation and as part of the submarine base housing. "Woody" station wagons were used to transport Pan American guests from the dock to the hotel. Photo credit U.S. Navy
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During the breeding season, adult tropicbirds (see one pictured above over Midway lagoon) fly in a group around one another, swinging their tail streamers from side to side for several minutes to attract the female bird. Their courtship displays are complex and consist of flying backwards, vertically, and in large, vertical circles.