In the midst of the Cold War, the military on both sides hatched many secret projects. One of them was the Pyramid. Behind the name was an extensive Safeguard project with a budget of $6 billion. According to the military, the pyramid bases were to be built at several points in the United States to provide a guaranteed answer in the event of a nuclear war with the USSR.
In the early 1970s, the US Army launched the Precautionary Measures program. It included the construction of several bases intended to guarantee a retaliatory strike by protecting the positions of nuclear missiles from a possible disarming strike by the enemy. It was based on two echelons of defense: the atmospheric, carried out by long-range missile defense missiles LIM-49 вЂњSpartanвЂќ, and the intra-atmospheric, carried out by short-range missile defense вЂњSprintвЂќ.
Stanley Mickelson Base
In 1975, the Stanley Michelsen base was put on active duty in North Dakota. Its anti-missiles were supposed to cover ballistic missiles, which theoretically would have been launched by the US as a retaliatory strike.
North Dakota and South Dakota became the site for the deployment of American Minutemen missiles aimed at deterring possible Soviet aggression. This place was in a geographically ideal position to be able to intercept missiles fired across the North pole. The вЂњSafeguardвЂќ system began combat duty on May 6, 1975, and on May 8, Congress issued a resolution to stop all work on the project: the doctrine of ensuring the country's security was replaced.
Fortunately, Armageddon passed. The superpowers have signed treaties to limit nuclear arsenals. Good news for the whole planet, but bad for the US budget. The construction of the pyramid flew into a whopping $5.7 billion for taxpayers, and in February 1976, after a year and three months of active work, it was simply decommissioned.
All weapons were taken from the pyramid to El Paso. The interior was flooded with concrete, hundreds of people lost their jobs, the contractors stole everything they could steal, leaving only an empty shell with a monument to past paranoid fear. For forty years, the pyramid was filled with groundwater, because its drainage pumps were turned off. Today, the US government is unsuccessfully trying to sell the buildings at auction, but so far there are very few willing to settle in the former military base.