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The Safeguard Program was a United States Army anti-ballistic missile system developed in the late 1960s. Safeguard was designed to protect U.S. ICBM missile sites from counterforce attack, thus preserving the option of an unimpeded retaliatory strike.

Sentinel was developed but never deployed. Safeguard was planned for several sites within the United States, but only one was completed. Until the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system was deployed, the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard complex in Nekoma, North Dakota was the only operational anti-ballistic missile system ever deployed by the United States.

The main abandoned building, a very sleek concrete pyramid looks more like of piece of land art than a military installation.








coordinates : 48°35'22.04"N 98°21'23.63"W
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9 comments

  1. Diane // Thursday, February 26, 2009 8:39:00 PM  

    I love less than 100 miles from this site and i never even know about its existance! thanks for sharing :)

  2. Anonymous // Sunday, March 01, 2009 9:24:00 PM  

    This site could be renovated and used as a high security prison. It sits in the middle of the prairie - your dog could run away here and you could still see him for three days!

  3. Anonymous // Saturday, March 07, 2009 10:07:00 AM  

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  4. The Artificial Owl // Saturday, March 07, 2009 10:26:00 AM  

    re : "I just listed you on Stumbleupon. Prepare to be inundated!"

    Well, I'm ready :)
    Thank you.

  5. david // Sunday, March 29, 2009 11:52:00 PM  

    In 5,000 years I wonder what the people who find this place are going to think? Some place of worship? A place for burial? A place of the gods for the people of this land...

  6. Anonymous // Monday, April 13, 2009 9:34:00 PM  

    So what are the large circular openings in the pyramid structure?
    What type of missile base was this? I've been to a ICBM installation and it didn't look anything like this.

  7. Third Eye // Monday, April 20, 2009 11:24:00 AM  

    Is there out any data regarding cost, total width/length, men it took to be built and so on?

  8. stephen // Thursday, June 11, 2009 2:39:00 AM  

    Wow that's so Orwellian it's a wonder it hasn't been used in film sets. That's for sharing, keep up the amazing work!

  9. Anonymous // Thursday, July 02, 2009 8:00:00 PM  

    i went to school in nekoma, graduated in 1961 part of site on my dads land