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Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

This is the Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex, just north of Nekoma, North Dakota.  It is a unique place in the history of the US military’s anti-ballistic missile effort. A portion of the Wikipedia entry for this place:

The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard complex in Nekoma, North Dakota, with the separate long-range detection radar located further north near the town of Cavalier, North Dakota, was the only operational anti-ballistic missile system ever deployed by the United States. It defended Minuteman ICBM missile silos near the Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota.

It had reinforced underground launchers for thirty Spartan and sixteen Sprint nuclear tipped missiles (an additional fifty or so Sprint missiles were deployed at four remote launch sites). The complex was deactivated during 1976 after being operational for less than four months, due to concerns over continuing an anti-missile-missile arms race, cost, effectiveness, and changing political rhetoric.

Today, the former launch complex is abandoned and rusting.

Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

This complex was recently purchased by a local Hutterite colony, and they are farming the land surrounding this facility.  We’re told the local historical society still holds out hope of preserving these structures, somehow.

Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

Some of the housing and administration buildings on this base are still in very nice shape.

Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

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Arena, North Dakota

Arena, North Dakota

This is Arena, North Dakota, a true ghost town, as photographed by our friend Maya Greywolf.

Arena, North Dakota

We first photographed Arena, in Burleigh County, North Dakota, northeast of Bismarck, in 2005 for our partner site — GhostsofNorthDakota.com.

Arena, North Dakota

You can see a lot more from Maya’s explorations at her website: Imayagination

Arena, North Dakota

Arena, North Dakota

Arena, North Dakota

Photos by Maya Greywolf
Original content copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

Abandoned Fortuna Air Force Station, North Dakota

Abandoned Fortuna Air Force Station, North Dakota

Fortuna Air Force Station is an abandoned Air Force radar station located in Divide County, North Dakota, about 6 1/2 miles from Canada and 8 miles from Montana.  Like the Minot Air Force Station, Fortuna AFS was a GCI (Ground Control Intercept) base designed to detect unidentified aircraft and coordinate interception.  Originally opened in 1952, it served its purpose until it was partially deactivated in 1979.  It was closed for good in 1984.

The radar dishes and domes were removed long ago, and the site has since been heavily vandalized and scavenged.  The salvage rights were sold some years back and the team that did the salvage knocked holes in the walls of most of the buildings to remove boilers and scrap metal.

We got word that this base was to be demolished in 2013, so we set out to photograph it before it was too late.  We got permission to explore it and directions for how to access the base.  Upon arrival, we were not able to access the base in the manner the owner suggested, so we played it by ear, starting with the former family housing units on the south side of the base and working our way through a gate and up the hill on foot to the former site of the radar tower.

The photos assembled here are a fraction of what we shot.  See more.

Fortuna Air Force Station, North Dakota

Fortuna Air Force Station, North Dakota

Fortuna Air Force Station, North Dakota

Fortuna Air Force Station, North Dakota

Fortuna Air Force Station, North Dakota

Fortuna Air Force Station, North Dakota

Terry ventured into the bowels of the building above, and ran into the ominous warning below.

Fortuna Air Force Station, North Dakota

Fortuna Air Force Station, North Dakota

Fortuna Air Force Station, North Dakota


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Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

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The Ruins of San Haven Sanatorium in North Dakota

The Ruins of San Haven Sanatorium in North Dakota

San Haven Sanatorium lived a similar life to many other institutions of its kind across the nation — it began as a hospital for tuberculosis patients and over the course of four decades morphed into a home for the developmentally disabled. Accounts from former patients tell the story clearly… San Haven was not a pleasant place to be. This hospital like the others was an anachronism, allowed to stay open far too long with too little oversight and no clear plan to put the space to good use.

San Haven was closed and allowed to rot in the elements and has endured decades of vandalism. Tragically, a local youth, fooling around with friends in the vacant hospital, fell to his death in an elevator shaft some years ago. The site today is closed to visitors.

We visited San Haven in fall of 2012 and captured these photos, plus many more which you can see here.

San Haven Sanatorium near Dunseith, North Dakota

San Haven Sanatorium near Dunseith, North Dakota

San Haven Sanatorium near Dunseith, North Dakota

San Haven Sanatorium near Dunseith, North Dakota

San Haven Sanatorium near Dunseith, North Dakota


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Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

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Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota

Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota

This is the former Devils Lake Ski Jump, about 10 miles south of Devils Lake, North Dakota. This ski jump opened in 1931 and operated for a couple decades. Based on what we saw, we can conclusively say a jump from the end of this thing would have been terrifying. There’s some interesting information on this Ski Jump in this Dakota Datebook entry from 2008. We also featured this ski jump in our first book.

The road to the jump is a very steep, pitted dirt road. In anything other than totally dry conditions, you’d be well advised to take a 4 x 4.

Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota

Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota

Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota

Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota

Sometimes getting the shot requires a little bad judgement.

Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota

Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota

Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota

Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota

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Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota

Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota





Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota

Abandoned Ski Jump, Devils Lake, North Dakota

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC


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