Finley Air Force Station was a surveillance radar station located about 2 miles west of Finley, ND, operating from April 1951 until December 1979. It is currently owned by the City of Finley which is in the process of demolishing the buildings.
While the radar dish that used to sit on top of the tower is long gone, the base remains, seemingly ready to start operations again.
Most of the buildings that were on the site have been torn down. These two buildings sit waiting their turn.
I think they’re trying to tell me something.
The demolition of this building seems to have been put on hold.
Site operations still stands near the motor pool building.
The motor pool building sits in remarkably good shape.
One afternoon I drove from Fargo to Grand Forks along Old Highway 81. Lots of small towns and farms were there to catch my attention.
A stand of trees near Argusville hid this grille off an old Dodge truck.
A small barn sitting on the edge of a field.
This house was in remarkably good shape still. Good enough that someone had set up a sleeping bag on the couch inside over during the spring.
The shed that contained this chair was starting to collapse, leaving delaminated wood laying across the chair.
A few pictures of random things I’ve taken recently, that don’t really fit in with other groups of pictures.
The shadowed side of my son watching the fire.
I found this happy ceramic bunny in the trees at my parents’ house.
The end of a game of ladder golf.
A local pilot spraying for bugs at dusk.
Long exposure of a bonfire we had going one night.
We sat and watched a storm move in, throwing lightning bolts across the sky.
Our dog taking a break from his game of fetch.
Down the road from the first farm we visited there was an abandoned schoolhouse on the edge of the field.
This old wood stove looked like it had been just tossed in the building.
The building could use a little bit of fixing up. Lots of busted windows.
Out in the field
This weekend it was suggested that I should visit this farm between Langdon and Vang, ND. So my wife and I drove up to check the place out. The highlight of the trip was the 1950s-era GMC military 6×6 truck that had been converted into a snow plow, but it didn’t look like it had been run for a while.
Dashboard up close
Better view of the truck
A couple of loaded shotgun shells casting long shadows in the evening.
View from the road
From the side
A couple panels in the roof had blown off, allowing a view of the clear sky
This hard hat was just waiting for someone to try it on
After a day of non-stop rain, the sky cleared up just as the sun was setting, warming the ground enough to form fog in a low creek bed.
Initially, The Star Electric Theatre showed silent films using live piano, player piano, and a phonograph to provide music accompaniment until 1931 when it was remodeled, complete with a sound system that could play “talkies”. “Parlor, Bedroom & Bath” was the first sound movie shown at the theatre, which played movies until 1974. Updated projectors were installed in 1987 for Milton’s centennial celebration but haven’t been used since then.
View from the projector booth
Numbered slots to keep everything in order
This clock was hanging in the projector booth. We plugged it in and it spun right up.
A still from the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor movie “The V.I.P.s” hangs in the back hallway of the theatre.
These two projectors were installed for the town’s centennial celebration in 1987.
Chair in the ticket booth
Throughout the years, as people gave their performances on stage, it became tradition that they would sign the back of the curtain. More recently that tradition changed to cast members signing a poster with the details of their performance.
Hurry Hurry Hurry – Senior Class 1924
The Inkster High School Orchestra visited and signed the curtain.
Ernest Ward’s Amusement Company
Front of curtain
Backstage prop shelf
Back of canvas – painted farm