Drone Footage Captured At This Abandoned North Dakota Military Complex Is Truly Grim
Out among the usual fields in northeast North Dakota is a sight that no one expects to see. What turns most heads about this place is the fact that there is an 80-foot-tall concrete pyramid sitting on a hill, like some sort of dystopian future monument. What’s more interesting is that from a bird’s-eye view, you can see the other parts of this now-abandoned military complex that are falling to ruin. They are nothing short of eerie.
In the video below, YouTube channel DerekCollinsTrio took a drone to film this place from the sky. The pyramid itself is just the start. The pavement surrounding the facilities is completely cracked and almost seems like something out of a post-apocalyptic film. A large concrete circle in the ground adds to the mysterious atmosphere that looms over this place.
This place actually is actually a complex that was made to deter incoming nuclear missiles during the tensions following WWII. It is known as the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex. The project was quickly abandoned shortly after completion and left to face the elements. Other than the above-ground parts, there is said to be an extensive underground portion unseen and closed to the public. You can see a few of the entrances to these areas in the video.
Today, it is privately owned after being auctioned off a few years ago. Nothing has happened here since its closure in 1976, less than a year after it opened. The many missiles housed underground at this place have since been removed, but their silos still remain.
This place is similar to a site you can actually visit for yourself. The Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site is open for tours to explore more of the history of the Cold War and North Dakota’s part in it. You can read more about here.