An Unexpected Piece Of History Is Hiding Underground In The Middle Of Nowhere In North Dakota
Deep underground in this spot miles from any town or city, out in the middle of nothing but fields, lies an unexpected piece of history that at some point might have saved the entire country – or sparked World War III. From the surface it doesn’t look like there’s much to see other than a few buildings, but underneath the ground is more than you could ever imagine at first glance.
This site lies north of Cooperstown, North Dakota and was once a key and integral part of the United State’s defense against potential nuclear warheads coming in from places like the Soviet Union, now Russia, during the suspenseful and tense days of the Cold War. The state of North Dakota once held enough nuclear power in hidden, underground silos to be considered one of the most powerful places in the world.
Today, all of the missiles have been removed and the silos have been either repurposed or left abandoned, except for here. The Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site has been left intact like a time capsule. It’s open for tours, and the experience is one of a kind.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/
To discover more information about the site, visit the Historical Society of North Dakota’s page on it here.
Leah moved to North Dakota when she was 12 years old and has traveled from the Red River Valley to the badlands and many places in between. She loves small-town life and currently enjoys living on a small farm in the ND prairie. She's always had a passion for writing and has participated in novel writing challenges such as NaNoWriMo multiple times. Her favorite part about this job is recognizing small businesses that deserve a boost and seeing the positive affect her articles can have on their traffic, especially in rural areas that might have otherwise gone overlooked.
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