Old Missile Sites, New Entrepreneurial Sites

Since the end of the Cold War the United States has begun in joint with Russia in reducing it’s nuclear arms. With these recent developments there is much phyiscal capital that the government has that can now be sold off like nuclear sites. The idea is that originally the government would use massive spending to bid away certain materials away from the private sector. Had the cement and materials not gone to the missile sites, they would have went to something else private and been a lot cheaper. It is always not a complete loss and that capital can be used later. This was not the most efficient way of doing this but it is better than letting them sit there and rot. So here is the article from The USA Today:

Today, Paaverud is the director of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Next summer, he will oversee the opening to the public of the former Oscar Zero missile silo and launch facility near Cooperstown, N.D.

The museum, set to open next July, is one of several new uses being found for missile sites, ranging from homes and businesses to recreation and tourist attractions. There is increasing interest in these sites, as Americans who came of age during the Cold War want to learn more about the history of the era, Paaverud and others say.


• The National UFO Reporting Center plans to move from the Seattle area to a former missile base between Davenport and Harrington in eastern Washington state. Director Peter Davenport says he bought the site in 2006 and is cleaning it up.

•Near Abilene, Texas, divers can explore a water-filled silo known as Valhalla during tours given by Family Scuba Center. The 130-foot-deep water seeped in through 4-foot-thick concrete walls over several years, the company’s website says.

• About 60 miles west of Grand Forks, N.D., David Morken is trying to sell property once used as the India-Zero missile complex. It is listed at $40,000. Morken, a 52-year-old farmer, says he hopes it might offer opportunities as a hunting lodge or bed-and-breakfast.

• Bruce Townsley’s home near Abilene is a former Atlas F site. The former social worker says he paid $99,000 for it in 1997. “It seemed like a cool idea — nothing more complicated than that,” Townsley says.”

My personal favorite is the water filled silo that you can scuba dive in. This is the true entrepreneurial spirit and proves once again that people can make something out of anything.

The rest is here.



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