Monday, August 22, 2011

The Badlands, Wall Drug, & Minuteman Missiles

The Badlands National Park encompasses 244,000 acres of some of the most barren, rugged landscape in the country.  It is the process of erosion run amok.

Panoramic View of The Badlands

Panoramic View of The Badlands

The Badlands

Wall Drug is the quintessential tourist spot out west.

Wall Drug

During the Cold War, South Dakota had hundreds of Minuteman Missile Silos.  Most have been shut down but a few have been turned over to the National Park Service.  I took the guided tour of Launch Control Facility Delta-01 but the elevator was broken and I did not get to go down into the missile silo (which I think would have been the most interesting part).  Here are some photos of the Launch Facility Delta-09.

Top of missile silo enclosed in glass

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