Building a Nuclear Defense in Nekoma

Nekoma Safeguard Complex

Long before the Star Wars Missile Defense Shield was a thing, the US Government deployed a nuclear anti-ballistic missile system in Nekoma, North Dakota. It was the only operational facility of its kind. You can read more about it in our previous post, here. These photos are from spring and summer of 1971, taken by […]

Fortuna Air Force Station: 1977

Fortuna AFS

Steve Sampson is a former airman once stationed at the Fortuna Air Force Station, and he took the photos you see here.  He posted a comment regarding one of the photos elsewhere on the site, and it’s such a great story, we wanted to highlight it here. We contacted Steve to get permission to post these […]

Finley Air Force Station

Finley Air Force Station

Finley Air Force Station is an abandoned radar base outside Finley, North Dakota.  Closed in 1979, the site now functions as a landfill.  Similar to the Minot and Fortuna Air Force Stations, Finley AFS was a ground control intercept facility tasked with detecting and dispatching intercept aircraft in the event unidentified aircraft threatened to penetrate […]

Exploring Fortuna Air Force Station

Fortuna Air Force Station

This is just a bit of our exploration and shoot at the abandoned Fortuna Air Force Station which is scheduled for demolition in late-summer/fall of 2013.  According to the caretaker, after asbestos remediation, all the structures above ground will be demolished and scrapped, with the exception of the concrete radar tower which will be left […]

Fortuna Air Force Station: Part II

Fortuna Air Force Station

This is our second gallery for the abandoned Fortuna Air Force Station.  It was scheduled for demolition in late-summer/fall of 2013 but still stands as of spring 2014.  Click here to start at part one. Terry ventured into the bowels of a structure at the top of the hill and came across this vivid reminder […]

Fortuna Air Force Station: Part I

Fortuna Air Force Station

Fortuna Air Force Station is an abandoned Air Force radar station located in Divide County, 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, the mission evolved […]

Minot Air Force Station

Minot Air Force Station

When we ran our Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of our first book, we offered supporters the opportunity to name a location they would like us to photograph in exchange for their support.  One of our supporters asked us to visit and photograph the former Minot Air Force Station, about 14 miles south of […]

Nekoma Safeguard Complex

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Cavalier County The Nekoma Safeguard Complex 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, […]

Military Installations

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US Army Space and Missile Defense Command Northeastern North Dakota Vacant as of Summer ’05 Photos by Robert Hinnenkamp In the Cold War, North Dakota was a northern stronghold of military technology; a frontline of defense against evils which could strike from over the North Pole at any moment. The state boasted numerous Air Force […]