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A huge pyramid in the middle of nowhere tracking the end of the world on radar. An abstract geometric shape beneath the sky without a human being in sight.
It could be the opening scene of an apocalyptic science fiction film, but it’s just the U.S. military going about its business, building vast and other-worldly architectural structures that the civilian world only rarely sees.
The Library of Congress has an extraordinary set of images documenting the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex in Cavalier County, North Dakota, showing it in various states of construction and completion. And the photos are awesome.
A Strange Pyramid Built in the Middle of Nowhere
f you search just northeast of Nekoma, N.D., on Google Maps, you’ll find a strange sight: a pyramid-like structure built by the U.S. government, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
From the ground, the stone edifice looks eerily like the unfinished pyramid in the Great Seal of the United States, a Masonic symbol that some conspiracy theorists associate with secretive group the Illuminati.
On each of the structure’s towering concrete walls, a huge double circle stares out tacitly over the landscape like a futuristic Eye of Sauron. All together, the pyramid and its four “great eyes” seem to see in all directions.
Above, extraordinary black and white photos from the Library of Congress show the $500 million dollar compound during construction and shortly after completion. Like the pyramids or the Aztec temples, the central structure towers far above the horizon.
But unlike other pyramids from history, this industrial monolith wasn’t ceremonial: According to gizmodo.com, the now-abandoned monument was once used to track the end of the world.
The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex in Cavalier County, N.D., was built as an anti-ballistic missile complex in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War. The geometric pyramid at the center of the military installation was once the site’s missile control building and used to detect a potential Soviet nuclear attack. The circular “eyes” were actually radars scanning the horizon for inbound missiles. The complex was named for Lt. General Stanley Raymond Mickelsen, former commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Defense Command. He is recognized as a leader who brought the Army’s air defense from the era of guns into the age of missiles, according to an unofficial website about the complex.
But here’s where it gets weird: The facility was officially open for business for less only than 24 hours. The complex became fully operational on Oct. 1, 1975 but on Oct. 2, Congress ended the Safeguard program and deactivated the site.
Since then, the 100-plus underground missiles at the complex have all been removed and the pyramid sealed due to environmental concerns. The 431-acre property, which includes a chapel, community center, gymnasium and office building, has remained silent, only occasionally open to visitors
For the rare few who have been inside the compound, the half pyramid visible above ground is only the tip of the iceberg on a huge complex that winds its way underneath the grassy plains. In fact, the inside is so huge and cavernous that many of the hallways and passages deep inside are said to generate their own fog, reports loneprairie.net. Built of thick concrete, the structure is able to endure the harsh North Dakota winters and will likely withstand the test of time.
In 2012, the facility was bought via auction by the Spring Creek Hutterite Colony for $530,000, Agweek reports. It is unclear why the Hutterites, a religious group that strongly opposes warfare, would be interested in an abandoned military site. But under requirements by the federal government, the group is not allowed to make any changes to the property.
Since the Hutterites bought the complex, the North Dakota government has fought to buy it back and turn it into a historical site. For now, the monolith looks out quietly over surrounding farmland, unused.
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