My first post with my newest camera – a drone.
This is the Stanley R. Mickelsen Missile Complex located near Nekoma, ND. Built in the early 1970s, it provided radar and missile control for up to 100 anti-ballistic missiles. It was operational for less than a year before being shut down in 1976.
Viewing the pyramid through the towers
The radar pyramid along with the cooling towers for the underground diesel generators
Looking to west at what is left of the support buildings for the site
Part two of our trip near Valley City, ND
This car is in much better condition than what we normally find in old farms. It almost looks recoverable.
This house featured a two-sided build-in cabinet that would have been a beautiful centerpiece.
The trees behind this building are doing a quick job of knocking the roof down.
A large flower pot that is still growing grass after many years.
At one time this would have been a wonderful farmstead, having a large house along with 4 additional buildings up on a hill. Now almost nothing is usable.
Another trip through along the Sheyenne River north of Valley City, ND found some interesting stops.
This little storm shelter-looking structure was tucked in among the trees.
Only the foundation and the front steps remain of this farm house.
A perspective shot on how much this building was leaning.
This Chevy truck isn’t likely to be heading down the road anytime soon.
This wagon is more like a Rust Flyer than a Red Flyer.
A few random shots I took throughout the year that don’t fit in their own post
Scenic view of the coulee east of Milton, ND. At one time, this coulee would have been a river flowing into Lake Agassiz.
A dragonfly prepares to take flight.
My attempt at a “tiny planet” picture, using a 360 degree panorama in the middle of a wind farm.
This large iron gate is the only indication a cemetery sits on this hill.
A gravel road traverses a coulee near a wind farm near Valley City, ND
This trip spanned two weekends driving along Highway 75 and Highway 9 between Moorhead and Crookston, MN.
Another house where the owners seem to have just walked out the door. The amount of furniture left in the house was remarkable.
A collection of rusty swing sets sitting in the tall grass.
Two worn copies of The Watch Tower’s interpretation of the Bible.
This would have been a nice place to sit and read, with the couch right next to the bookshelf.
A relic from the 1980s – metal-tipped lawn darts have since been banned in the United States.
What appears to be a wood stove, ready to hook up to the ducting in the wall behind it.
We took a quick trip in the Milton area and found a couple places we hadn’t seen before.
because it was too late. The school in Milton, ND was always a desire of mine to shoot. Now it’s been pushed down and hauled to the dump.
Fifteen years ago, the bell rang for the final time as the Class of 2001 became the last students to pass through the high school in Milton. Unexpectedly, the building was torn down last week. Community members felt disappointed at the destruction of a building that touched so many in the area. Kids who attended the Milton-Osnabrock schools no longer have the anchor that helped define much of their childhoods. Yellow construction equipment is all that remains where the main part of the school stood.
Opened in 1920, the school was built primarily out of brick in response to the burning of the previous school in 1919. Until 1979 it served grades 1 through 12 for Milton and the area.
Gradual loss of population in Milton and the neighboring town of Osnabrock meant the merger of the two schools in 1979, with elementary attending Osnabrock while junior and senior high grades going to Milton. Running the district with two towns was successful for awhile. Eventually the pattern repeated 22 years later when the combined district was absorbed into the Langdon Area schools and the schools in Milton and Osnabrock were closed. Gone were the days of the Milton-Osnabrock Mustangs.
A quick trip up to the Mountain, ND area uncovered this interesting farm house with an addition you don’t normally see: an entire tree leaning against the side over the roof.