What This Footage Captured At This Abandoned Oklahoma Missile Silo Is Truly Grim
From 1962-1965, the 577th Strategic Missile Squadron was based at Altus Air Force Base in Altus, Oklahoma. It housed a total of 12 different missile locations around Altus Air Force Base – 11 in Oklahoma and one in Texas. While in operation, these missile sites were manned by the US Air Force 24 hours day/365 days a year. What is now an abandoned missile silo in Oklahoma was once a busy place with lots of secrets.
The Missile Silos were decommissioned and are now abandoned. Take a look at footage captured at one of these sites in Altus:
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In November of 1964, it was announced that the type of missiles that were housed and cared for here were being phased out of commission. On March 25th, 1965, the squadron was closed down for good, which spelled the end of the entire operation.
What are your thoughts about this creepy old abandoned missile silo in Oklahoma? Would you ever explore it, if you could? Here at Only In Your State, we don’t recommend exploring these places on your own; trespassing isn’t being very excellent to each other, so it’s best to leave that stuff to those whose work we’ll admire when they’re editing it, like the above video.
Need more abandoned Oklahoma in your life? No worries – check out this list of five Oklahoma ghost towns rumored to be a little spooky. How many have you been to? Tell us your stories in the comments!
Abandoned Missile Silo in Oklahoma
What are some creepy abandoned places in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma is a state full of ghosts, it seems. There are more than 2,000 known ghost towns all over the Sooner State, and with a number that high there’s bound to be all sorts of interesting, abandoned places scattered about. Some of our favorites include the beautiful abandoned church in Atoka, which was booming in the 1920s but now lies quiet and dormant, left to the elements. In Vinita, you can find an abandoned hospital that was once known as Eastern State Hospital, which has more than its fair share of spooky history behind it. In Washington, you can find the Washington School of Shawnee, which has stood abandoned since the 1990s. In Sand Springs, you can discover the secrets of an abandoned juvenile detention center!
Are there any interesting ghost towns in Oklahoma?
There most certainly are – like we mentioned, more than 2,000 of them! Of course, some are a lot more intriguing than others, like the strange town of Picher. What’s so weird about Picher?, you may ask. Good question. See, the thing about Picher is that it’s literally toxic. Thanks to irresponsible mining practices over the year, a buildup of toxic materials began manifesting around town. In the early 1900s, the town was bustling, but it didn’t last. The toxic materials building up around town became too much, especially when it was discovered what was going on. People were asked by the government to leave Picher, and they did – though some chose to stay until an EF4 tornado ripped through in 2008. That’s when the majority of folks left, never to return, ensuring that Picher is one of the most strange, interesting, and literally toxic places in Oklahoma! Read more about the story of Picher, Oklahoma, in this article.